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Lurgan man who shone laser at police helicopter jailed for three months

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A Lurgan man who shone a laser at a PSNI helicopter has been sentenced to three months in prison.

Sean McKenna, 27, of Kilwilke Road, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour and shining a light towards a vehicle at Craigavon Magistrates’ on Wednesday.

Court previously heard that charges of endangering an aircraft and causing danger to road users by using a laser had been withdrawn.

McKenna appeared at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday after entering pleas to the charges last month.

The incident in question occurred on February 9 when officers were contacted by the police helicopter and told that a green light had been shone at their aircraft several times.

The aircraft officers were able to provide a description of the defendant.

Following a defence application, McKenna was freed on bail pending an appeal of the three-month jail sentence.

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