Hefty fines for men who pointed laser light at police helicopter

Three young Edmonton men were each fined $3,000 Tuesday after admitting they pointed a green laser...

Three young Edmonton men were each fined $3,000 Tuesday after admitting they pointed a green laser light at the Edmonton police Air-1 helicopter. (FILE PHOTO)

Tony Blais, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 1:20 AM ET

Three young Edmonton men were each fined $3,000 Tuesday after admitting they pointed a green laser light at the Edmonton police Air-1 helicopter.

 

Mohamed Cheikh-Mohamad, 19, Ahmad Khaled Safi, 20, and Mohammed El-Mustapha, 19, each pleaded guilty in Provincial Court to one count of creating a hazard to aviation under the federal Aeronautics Act.

Judge Thomas Goodson accepted a joint submission by Crown and defence for the $3,000 fine after noting that laser pointing at aircraft is a “very serious problem.”

Goodson also suggested Parliament might make laser pointing a criminal offence in the future and said that could result in those convicted being put in prison.

Crown prosecutor Breena Smith told court that the city police chopper was patrolling north Edmonton about 11:40 p.m. on Sept. 7 when the pilot and flight officer noticed a green laser beam hitting the cockpit.


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