A FORMER RAF pilot was given a suspended sentence and hefty fine for flying passenger planes without the appropriate licence, in Oxford Crown Court yesterday.

Paul Holroyd, of Le Vieux Beaumont, St Peter, Jersey, admitted co-piloting 64 flights – 40 in the UK and 17 to or from Oxford – without holding the correct documentation and forging documents.

The 67-year-old was given a three-month suspended sentence and made to pay £2,115 for helping fly a Falcon 2000 between May 14 and October 17, 2017.

Judge Peter Ross said the 'deception' was 'very serious' and equivalent to 'perverting the course of justice'.

Holroyd was banned from flying in February last year and is 'highly unlikely' to get his licence back, the court heard.

Defence counsel Craig Harris noted that there was no question about Holroyd's competence as a 'well known and respected pilot', and that he had an otherwise unblemished record.