Man who pointed laser at aircraft lands a 30-month prison se
  • Demonduck
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    Man who pointed laser at aircraft lands a 30-month prison se

    by Demonduck » Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:50 pm ... index.html" onclick=";return false;

    and here is the Irish version outcome!!
    Ireland: Man found innocent of "recklessly" illuminating garda helicopter
    Jul 06 2011 --
    A jury has found a Tallaght man not guilty of endangerment in a September 12 2009 incident where a garda (police) helicopter pilot was dazzled with a laser pen. During the incident, the helicopter pilot took his hands off the controls in order to block out the green laser beams, which tracked the helicopter. In addition, a fellow crew member said she suffered pain in her eyes and temporary vision loss.

    When arrested, Anthony Gaffney, 25, told gardai that he did not realize the laser hazard: “I wasn’t trying to dazzle the pilot. I definitely didn’t mean to cause any hassle. I apologise for wasting police time”.

    He was charged with “intentionally or recklessly engaging in conduct creating a substantial risk of death or serious injury to another”. During the two-day trial, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court Judge Patricia Ryan instructed the jury that the State’s case was not that Gaffney acted intentionally, but that he acted recklessly. She then read the legal definition: “conscious disregard of a substantial and unjustifiable risk.”

    The jury deliberated for an hour and a half before returning a not guilty verdict.

    From (before the verdict), and from and RTÉ (after the verdict)

    Tags: Ireland, Dublin, Helicopter, Police, Age: 20-29, Color: Green

    also another interesting link as I did not realise there was so much of it going on ... hazard.php" onclick=";return false;
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    Re: Man who pointed laser at aircraft lands a 30-month prison se

    by Joe McDermott » Sun Mar 31, 2013 11:39 am

    Air Crew being hit by laser is all too common at Dublin Airport, probably as ofter as once a week. Commercial airliners, corporate aircraft, Garda/GASU Helli's, Coast Guard helis all being victims. ATC report incidents to the Garda who always send out ground teams to locate perpetrators & ofter the GASU E135 as well. Rare, to the best of my knowledge, is anyone caught in the act. Being nabbed & charged following admitting pointing a laser pen at an aircraft & then being let off sends out a dangerous message to others partaking in this practice, namely that they will not be sanctioned even if caught. The USA rightly take a more serious view.

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    Re: Man who pointed laser at aircraft lands a 30-month prison se

    by RV BLUE » Mon Apr 01, 2013 2:40 pm

    [quote="Joe McDermott"] The USA rightly take a more serious view. ... chopper-3/" onclick=";return false;

    This event happened to me while flying. It is so alarming as not only did he hit us once but many, the cockpit lights up instantly. I knew what it was and used my camera to find the beam. We were just over a mile away, but we managed to hover sideways to the dwelling where we managed to direct the police and he was arrested. These events happen sixty six times a day in the US. This guy is being sentenced in Federal court in April, which I will be giving a victim impact statement. Here is the US it has now become a Federal crime rather than local and carries full term sentences no parole.

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