Cop copter laser pen fool gets six months
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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