||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 110 (Aug)
|| EWCA Crim 1559
||Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Mackay J and the Recorder of Birmingham
||Adam Wiseman (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
||26 June 2008
Sentence - Custodial sentence - Seriousness of offence - Recklessly acting in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft - Defendants shining green laser at police helicopter - Whether sentences manifestly excessive.
Sentence Custodial sentence. In the instant case, where the defendants had pointed a green laser pen at a police helicopter at night and pleaded guilty to recklessly acting in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft, in all the circumstances, the judge had been right to make it clear that custodial sentences would usually be imposed. The custodial terms of six months were the least that could properly have been imposed.
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