2 in court for pointing laser at helicopters

2012-01-09 22:09

Bloemfontein - Two men appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on Monday for allegedly pointing a green laser beam at helicopters taking off from two Bloemfontein airports.

Theunis le Grange, 45, and Albertus Niewoudt, 21, received bail of R500 each, police spokesperson Colonel Vishnu Naidoo said.

The matter was postponed to January 24. The case against a 14-year-old boy had been withdrawn. He would be referred for counselling and monitoring by social workers.

The two men face charges of contravening aviation laws.

The three were arrested for pointing a laser at helicopters taking off from Bloemfontein Airport and Bloemspruit Air Force base on Saturday night.

Naidoo said the lasers could blind or disorientate pilots, which could result in an aircraft crashing.

According to the Civil Aviation Act, any person who wilfully performs any act which jeopardises the operation of an air carrier is guilty of an offence.

  • TheWatcher - 2012-01-09 22:23

    You idiots. Think before you act.

  • Sean - 2012-01-10 11:14

    what were you pricks thinking about! The book should be thrown at them for attempted murder, people could have lost their lives by such an un-educated and pre-meditated act!! You fools!

  • Jason - 2012-01-10 20:58

    Those tiny little hand-held laser pointers could blind or disorientate pilots? What a total load of hogwash. Couldn't police time be better spent on more serious offences.

      Debbi - 2012-01-10 23:48

      It must have been ANC choppers that's why the cops took notice.

  • arthurbrigg - 2012-03-01 13:09

    These idiots obviously saw it on youtube, loads of Americans have been doing it for years and have been arrested and fined there too.

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