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Old 19th Feb 2018, 00:38
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Wink Drone operator convicted for grounding fire fighting helicopters


"At an earlier hearing, Riquelme Cruz made an application to receive a discharge without conviction and in his submissions to the court on Friday, he believed the offending was at a low level and a conviction would have an immediate impact on his travel plans.

However, Judge Saunders disagreed.

"I do not accept that this is low-level offending; to the contrary, I characterise it as at least moderately serious," she said.

"You deliberately flew a drone in an area where you knew that there was fire and you knew there were very serious airborne attempts to put out that fire. The purpose of you flying that drone was to take personal photographs.

"Fifty metres is not a long distance at all and that meant that you did put the helicopter pilots at genuine risk of a catastrophic collision."

He thought he was going to get away with it...
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