A teen who temporarily blinded a police helicopter pilot with a laser pen has been handed a custodial sentence.We aren’t told of his lengthy criminal history, but being a young male in New Addington, if he doesn’t have one, it’s probably because he hasn’t yet been caught…
Dean Riley, of Cator Crescent, New Addington, shone the laser at the officer intermittently for about 10 minutes as the helicopter searched for suspects over Central Parade, in New Addington, on September 27 last year.
Pilot Captain Tooze was able to identify Riley as the person shining the laser but he initially claimed he was not involved and gave no comment during interview.He’s pretty clued up on the system, isn’t he?
Defending, Mr Rollin said Riley was “extremely remorseful and regretful” over his actions and wanted to apologise for what he did.Oh, yes. They always are, aren’t they?
On Friday, he was sentenced to a four month detention and training order, reduced from six for a guilty plea.A thirty percent reduction for not wasting the courts time? Good grief!