Belfast Telegraph

Teen on helicopter laser charge at Northern Ireland game bailed

By Alan Erwin

A teenager appeared in court on Thursday accused of endangering a police helicopter by shining a laser at it in the skies above Belfast.

Karl Barkley allegedly targeted the aircraft as it monitored crowds attending the Northern Ireland vs Germany international football match at Windsor Park on October 5.

The 19-year-old defendant, of Cambrai Street in the city, was arrested later that night.

At Belfast Magistrates' Court he faced charges of directing a light at the helicopter to dazzle or distract the pilot, and endangering the safety of an aircraft.

Asked if he understood the alleged offences, Barkley nodded and replied: "Yes."

A PSNI constable confirmed he could connect the accused to the charges.

Defence solicitor Billy McNulty put no questions to the officer during the brief hearing.

According to a prosecution lawyer the case is likely to proceed by indictment to the Crown Court.

Releasing Barkley on continuing bail, District Judge Fiona Bagnall requested a full update for his next appearance in December

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