Two yobs who prevented an air ambulance from taking a dying man to hospital by dazzling the pilot with a laser pen walked free today.Well, of course they did! FFS!
Alex Cox and Luke Fortune, both 21, directed the green laser at the helicopter as the pilot desperately attempted to reach the critically-ill heart patient.And why aren’t they charged with manslaughter?
But after three attempts, the pilot had to give up and return to base in Devizes, Wiltshire.
The tragic pensioner, in his late 70s, had to be driven to hospital in a road ambulance but died en route.
It was unlikely the helicopter would have saved the man who had suffered a cardiac arrest, the ambulance service said.It didn’t help, though, did it? Particularly the delay.
Cox and Fortune pleaded guilty to directing or shining a light at an aircraft in flight so as to dazzle or distract the pilot - but walked free from court with a conditional discharge.*sigh*
Magistrate Felicity Dowell told them: 'This was a very stupid, thoughtless thing to do.Does it get more serious than ‘dead’? Not for the patient!
'I am sure that you did not do it to make the helicopter crash but it would have had that effect.
'You are very lucky it wasn’t very serious.'
'One of you plays rugby - imagine if you were lying on the field with a broken leg waiting for the air ambulance and someone did the same thing. 'That, love, would be karma. Just as it would be if you were awaiting that vital helicopter assistance…