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Man admits to shining a laser at PSNI helicopter

District Judge Bernie Kelly adjourned passing sentence until a pre-sentence probation report had been completed (stock photo)
District Judge Bernie Kelly adjourned passing sentence until a pre-sentence probation report had been completed (stock photo)

By Paul Higgins

A Co Armagh man has admitted in court to shining a laser at a police helicopter while it was carrying out an air operation.

Yesterday standing in the dock of Craigavon Magistrates Court, 27-year-old Sean McKenna admitted that he shone a laser at a PSNI Air Support Unit helicopter.

McKenna, from Kilwilkie Road in Lurgan, also admitted a charge of disorderly behaviour at Filbin Crescent in Lurgan on February 9 this year.

None of the facts were heard yesterday.

However, a police constable told a previous court that at 6.30pm, a police patrol on the Kilwilkie Road had a laser shone on one of their teams.

At 6.45pm, a police helicopter - which was providing cover over the area - said there was a green laser shone at the aircraft.

She said a suspect wearing a black jacket with a reflective stripe on it was spotted and officers said he seemed to throw something away.

When he fell on a grass area, he dropped a mobile phone which police seized, she told the court.

The court heard that McKenna was arrested at a house where the people didn't know him.

However, they brought him inside because he was claiming to have an asthma attack.

District Judge Bernie Kelly adjourned passing sentence until a pre-sentence probation report had been completed.

Freeing McKenna on continuing bail, the magistrate ordered him to come back to court on June 5.

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