A pilot accused of misusing a police helicopter to film people having sex was just a “taxi driver” for the officers on board, a court has heard.
Matthew Loosemore, 45, piloted the South Yorkshire Police aircraft when a couple were filmed having sex in their garden, Sheffield Crown Court heard.
He is one of four men on trial. All deny misconduct in a public office.
The former soldier told the jury he had no idea his colleague Adrian Pogmore had recorded the couple having sex.
Pogmore, 51, admitted the charge. He said he knew the married couple through the “swinging scene” and had had sex with the woman.
The jury heard Pogmore made four recordings from the aircraft between 2007 and 2012, including two of people sunbathing naked, one of a couple of naturists and another of his friends having sex on their patio.
Mr Loosemore acknowledged he heard an “exclamation” in the cockpit and caught sight of “some nudity” on the camera screen.
He reacted by swiftly flying the helicopter away and continued looking for nuisance motorbikes, he said in court.
The father-of-three said his role “was as a civilian taxi driver” for police air observers.
The pilot, who had only been flying with the force for 18 months at the time of the flight in…