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.