Belfast Telegraph

Jail threat over use of laser pens

A judge has warned that anyone who shines laser pens at aircraft faces the prospect of going to jail.

Speaking as he handed down a six-month suspended jail term to 26-year-old Michael Jackson at Belfast Crown Court, His Honour Judge Kinney said: “It is clear that those who target aircraft in this dangerous and reckless way should expect to go to prison.”

He told Jackson, from Island Street in east Belfast, he was suspending the jail sentence as he was a full-time carer for his mother-in-law and had pleaded guilty.

A police helicopter was flying over the city on August 17, 2010 when a laser was shone at the pilot. The pilot directed officers to where the light was coming from.

Jackson was arrested, a laser pen was uncovered during a search and he later pleaded guilty to endangering the safety of an aircraft.

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