Mexborough man jailed for shining laser pen into police helicopter pilot’s eyes

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A Mexborough man has been handed a 26-week prison sentence for shining a laser in the eyes of a police helicopter pilot in flight.

Doncaster Magistrates’ Court heard how after a taking a cocktail of cannabis and alcohol on Saturday night (April 18), Jack Guest, 25, shone a laser pen directly into the eyes of a South Yorkshire police helicopter pilot who was flying above his house.

Guest, of Oak Court, Mexborough, admitted to pointing the laser pen towards the pilot a total of three times, which left the police pilot unable to see clearly and caused him to divert the path of the helicopter.

Defending, Miss White told the court today that Guest was out in the garden, searching for his cat with the laser pen when he committed the offence.

She said: “He was in drink and drugs, and had not intended to cause this offence.

“It was partly out of reckless behaviour.

“He is annoyed with himself, and wants to apologise the court and the police for his actions.”

The court heard that Guest was released on license in January this year, following being sentenced to six years in prison for actual bodily harm (ABH) in 2012.

District Judge Jonathan Bennett praised Guest for pleading guilty to the offence of acting negligently in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft or person in an aircraft, at the earliest possible opportunity.

However, Judge Bennett sentenced Guest to the maximum amount within his power of 26 weeks, due to aggravating factors including being on license for another crime and taking illegal drugs when he committed the offence.

Guest was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80 and £180 to the Crown Prosecution Service on his release.