|Guilty on 13 charges of endangering aircraft, John Arthur Jones, a former council housing director|
A man who became obsessed with RAF jets flying training missions over his remote island home has been found guilty of endangering aircraft by shining a powerful torch at the planes, reports The Guardian Newspaper
John Arthur Jones, a former council housing director, was so upset by the roar of the jets flying over his land in Anglesey in north Wales that he took to aiming the beam at pilots, Mold crown court was told.
The lights were “dangerously distracting” and sometimes pilots of Hawk jets who were being trained for combat had to abort landings, the jury heard.
Jones was described in court by his defence barrister, Lisa Judge, as a Victor Meldrew type – after the grumpy sitcom character – and argued that he was simply filming the planes rather than aiming a torch at them.
Jones, 66, who lives in a development of cedar wood homes on the island, denied 13 charges of endangering aircraft between November 2013 and September 2014 but a jury took four hours to find him guilty.
Pilots being trained in night-time fast jet flying and their instructors told how a sudden flash of light in the cockpit could be disastrous.
He was allowed to walk free from court ahead of sentencing in August but Judge Geraint Walters said the fact that he was being bailed was no indication of the sentence he would receive.
FULL STORY: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jun/30/john-arthur-jones-guilty-endangering-raf-aircraft-shining-torch
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