Free State laser case postponed
Bloemfontein - Two men appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on Tuesday for allegedly pointing a green laser beam at helicopters taking off from two Bloemfontein airports.
The case against Theunis le Grange, 45, and Albertus Niewoudt, 21, was postponed to April 3 for a decision on the matter by the Free State director of public prosecutions.
The men were out on bail of R500 each. The case against a third accused, a 14-year-old boy, had been withdrawn. He had been referred for counselling by social workers.
The two men face a charge of jeopardising the safety of aircraft passengers in terms of aviation laws.
The three were arrested for pointing a laser at helicopters taking off from Bloemfontein Airport and Bloemspruit Air Force base.
Police said earlier that the lasers could blind or disorientate pilots, which could result in aircraft crashing.