Man admits to shining a laser at PSNI helicopter
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.