Third man charged after laser allegedly pointed at PolAir4 and a civilian aircraft - Fairfield Heights

Thursday, 11 November 2021 11:48:21 PM

A third man has been charged after allegedly pointing a laser at a civilian aircraft and a NSW Police Force aircraft in Sydney’s west last week.

About 9pm last Friday (5 November 2021), a civilian aircraft was flying in the Fairfield Heights area when the pilot was allegedly struck repeatedly by a laser.

PolAir4 identified the alleged location of the laser and coordinated ground crews attached to Fairfield City Police Area Command to attend a park in Zahlee Street, Fairfield Heights, where they located and spoke to three men.

On Wednesday (10 November 2021), two men – aged 21 and 22 – were charged and remain before the courts.

Following further inquiries, about 2pm today (Thursday 11 November 2021) police arrested a third man at a home on Stella Street, Fairfield Heights.

The 21- year- old man was taken to Fairfield Police Station where he has been charged with prejudicing the safe operation of a Division 3 aircraft (x2), possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit and do act to threaten safety of aircraft/persons on board (x2).

He is due to appear before Fairfield Local Court on Monday 6 December 2021.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.