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Banks trial enters fourth day

Thursday 22 May 2014 5:22 a.m.

John Banks (Getty)

John Banks (Getty)

After three days of sometimes testy court exchanges the Crown has two more witnesses to call in its case against John Banks over donations to his failed 2010 Auckland mayoral campaign.

The prosecution is expected to have video evidence from a police officer on Thursday morning at the High Court in Auckland, before the trial is adjourned until Monday when SkyCity chief executive Nigel Morrison is due to give evidence.

Banks is accused of filing a false return claiming donations from internet mogul Kim Dotcom and SkyCity were anonymous.

On Wednesday, Banks' lawyer David Jones QC accused former Megastuff accountant Grant McKavanagh of writing "fairy tales" about two $25,000 cheques he signed on behalf of Mr Dotcom as donations to Banks' campaign.

Mr McKavanagh told the court he definitely remembered Mr Dotcom's bodyguard Wayne Tempero asked him to write the cheques the day Banks visited the Dotcom mansion for lunch.

Mr Dotcom and his estranged wife Mona both gave evidence that during this lunch, Banks asked him to split his donation in two to keep it anonymous.

But under cross-examination from Mr Jones, Mr McKavanagh admitted he was wrong in a previous statement when he said he'd deposited the donations in Queenstown.

The cheques were deposited in Auckland.

"You got it deliberately wrong, I suggest, to flesh out this fiction of these cheques needing to be anonymous and needing to be posted somewhere far away," Mr Jones said.

He said Mr McKavanagh's police statement had been changed, and he had written "fairy tales".

"How is it that you can create a fiction in your head with such detail?"

"That's a great question," Mr McKavanagh replied.

"I'd like a great answer," Mr Jones said.

Mr McKavanagh said his initial version wasn't fabricated, and it was "pretty embarrassing" that his recollection had been wrong.


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