Lawyer found guilty

Gerald McKay, 74, lawyer, has been found guilty of theft and dishonesty charges.
Gerald McKay, 74, lawyer, has been found guilty of theft and dishonesty charges.

Seven days of evidence in the trial of a retired Napier lawyer charged after misappropriating more than $500,000 of client funds has ended with the accused been found guilty on all 11 counts.

Gerald McKay, 74, was a former partner and eventual sole principal in Napier firm McKay Hill, also known as the Property Centre, which folded amid a Law Society investigation almost five years ago.

As a result, McKay faced five charges of theft, five of misusing documents and one of criminal breach of trust.

He denied the charges at a trial before Judge Colin Doherty and a jury of eight women and three men.

The jury delivered its verdict about 2.15pm today.

Bail was refused and McKay has been remanded in custody.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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