Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Man jailed over police chopper laser

A man who deliberately shone a laser light at a police helicopter has been sentenced to nearly three years in jail.

Lanfranco Baldetti, 23, pleaded guilty to prejudicing the safe operation of an aircraft and to firearms offences over weapons found in a car.

He admitted shining the laser at police as the helicopter flew over Rosewater in Adelaide last June.

The pilot was temporarily blinded by the light.

Baldetti has been given a jail term of two years and 10 months and will be eligible for release in 10 months.

The judge said Baldetti's actions were a disaster in the making and a potential risk to public safety.

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