Cop copter laser pen fool gets six months

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A MAN who shone a laser pen at a po­lice he­li­copter has been banged-up for six months.

Azim Kara, 22, pleaded guilty to reck­lessly en­dan­ger­ing a he­li­copter after blind­ing the pi­lots with the “dis­tract­ing light” on a hot night in June.

A court heard that the he­li­copter was on a rou­tine pa­trol over East Lon­don when the crew be­came aware a green light was be­ing shone from the ground.

They pin­pointed the light and di­rected a ground crew to a quiet res­i­den­tial street where they ar­rested Kara.

Judge Mark Bishop said it was a very se­ri­ous of­fence and the only pun­ish­ment was im­pris­on­ment.

At In­ner Lon­don Crown Court he said: “You shone the laser at the cock­pit an action that caused a sig­nif­i­cant dan­ger to those fly­ing the he­li­copter and those on the ground.”

In ev­i­dence, the he­li­copter pi­lot said: “We be­came aware of a light be­ing shone at us from the ground. This is a grow­ing and se­ri­ous prob­lem.”

Kara’s lawyer said he “didn’t ex­pect the £5 pen light to shine as far as the he­li­copter and af­fect it”, and that he was very sorry.

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