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 The case against a third accused, a 14-year-old boy, had been withdrawn.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.

  • Rudie - 2012-02-21 15:20

    Boo hoo !!

  • Stephen23 - 2012-02-21 15:26

    All three of them should have a laser pointed in their eyes till they go blind and then they should be executed. Why we must pay our taxes for this????

  • RatexZa - 2012-02-21 15:26

    Why would you do something like that? The kid and 21 year old can argue "young, dum, etc" but the 45 year old should know better.

  • Repline - 2012-02-21 15:46

    The real question is what is a 45 yo doing playing around with a 21 yo.

  • Sharon - 2012-02-21 15:59

    There is no cure for stupidity :-)

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