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Laser pointed at PolAir9; man charged - Colyton

Thursday, 20 May 2021 10:14:35 AM

A man will appear in court today charged after allegedly pointing a laser at a NSW Police aircraft in Sydney’s west overnight.

About 11.40pm (Wednesday 19 May 2021), PolAir9 – a fixed wing aircraft – was flying in the Kingswood area to assist Nepean Police Area Command with inquiries following a stabbing, when they were struck repeatedly by a laser.

A short time later, PolAir9 identified the location of the laser and coordinated ground crews to attend Desborough Road, Colyton, where a 42-year-old man was arrested.

The man was taken to Penrith Police Station and charged with use a laser pointer in public place, do act with intent to prejudice safety of aircraft, have in custody a laser pointer in public place and endanger safety of aircraft likely to endanger life.

Police will allege in court the laser continued to strike the aircraft for 10 minutes.

He was refused bail to appear before Penrith Local Court today (Thursday 20 May 2021).