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Man convicted for 'shooting' police with a laser

TT/The Local/gm · 2 Jun 2011, 08:02

Published: 02 Jun 2011 08:02 GMT+02:00

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The man was arrrested last February after trying to blind the pilot by pointing the laser at him in the helicopter.

He received a suspended sentence with community service in what could be a landmark case in Sweden.

The court heard that the man tried several times to shine the laser into the eyes of the pilot and it only the fact that the latter was wearing protective sunglasses meant that what could have been a serious accident was averted.

The man, who was convicted under the Radiation Protection Act, avoided a possible three-month prison sentence because he has no previous criminal record.

In a similar case in the US in 2005, a New Jersey man was arrested for pointing a green laser pointer at a small jet flying overhead.

According to doctors, laser pointers, often used as highlighters by teachers, are generally safe to use if they are less than 5 milliwatts.

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However, much more powerful devices are available on the internet,of up 100 mW and there have been several cases recently where they have caused permanent eye damage.

TT/The Local/gm (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:47 June 2, 2011 by Rishonim
Three months for trying to blind a police officer?? What a foocking joke.

Infart, you are pouring out too much ut prutt por el orto.
15:24 June 2, 2011 by Swedesmith
Doesn't matter whether they're foreigners or not. Deport them anyway. Just not to the US. We've got enough rotten apples already.
18:31 June 2, 2011 by calebian22
David Banach, the NJ man, only received 2 years probation. The crime was punishable under the Patriot Act with up to 25 years in jail, but like this man had no criminal record. Usually, I am all for the bashing of Sweden's justice system but in this instance the US pansied out too.
23:34 June 2, 2011 by Da Goat
I reckon I would do the same if the police were harassing me with a helicopter!

I must go out and get a pointer..... no wait a minute my local police don't have a chopper! saved a few bob there.
15:22 June 5, 2011 by Valdemaratterdag
From The local: http://www.thelocal.se/2683/20051214/

In a report studying 4.4 million Swedes between the ages of 15 and 51 during the period 1997-2001, the council found that immigrants were overrepresented in Sweden's crime statistics.

Immigrants were also three times more likely to be investigated for assault and five times more likely to be investigated for sex crimes.

The report is based on statistics for those "suspected" of offences for reasons of comparison, but Stina Holmberg of the Council for Crime Prevention said that there was "little difference" in the statistics for those suspected of crimes and those actually convicted.

From wiki:

Immigrants are overrepresented in Sweden's crime statistics. During the period 1997-2001, 25% of the almost 1,520,000 offences were committed by people born overseas, while almost 20% were committed by Swedish-born people with a foreign background. Those from North Africa and the Middle East were overrepresented.
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