Free State laser case postponed

2012-02-21 14:31
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 The case against a third accused, a 14-year-old boy, had been withdrawn.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.
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