May 9: A man accused of disorientating a police helicopter pilot during an alleged laser attack from his front lawn will remain in custody despite despite denying the charges.
Matthew William Moore, 39, appeared in Campbelltown Local Court on Wednesday accused of pointing a green laser at Polair 3 overnight.
The helicopter was supporting local police in the Leumeah area, in Sydney’s southwest, when the laser allegedly struck it four times at an altitude of 450m.
“The pilot involved did report that he was disorientated,” Inspector Tim Calman told reporters on Wednesday.
The helicopter crew used thermal imaging to pinpoint the origin of the laser and sent police on the ground to Bowers Place, in Leumeah.
Officers arrested Moore on his front lawn and said they located a laser pointer nearby.
In court, Moore pleaded not guilty to possessing or using a prohibited weapon without a permit and threatening the safety of an aircraft and the person on board.
He was refused bail and will appear in the same court on June 1.