A teenager has appeared in court accused of endangering a police helicopter by shining a laser at it in the skies above Belfast.
Karl Barkley allegedly targeted the aircraft as it monitored crowds attending the Northern Ireland-Germany football match at Windsor Park on October 5.
The 19-year-old defendant, of Cambrai Street in the city, was arrested later that night.
At Belfast Magistrates’ Court he faced charges of directing a light at the helicopter to dazzle or distract the pilot, and endangering the safety of an aircraft.
Asked if he understood the alleged offences, Barkley nodded and replied: “Yes.”
A PSNI constable confirmed he could connect the accused to the charges.
Defence solicitor Billy McNulty put no questions to the officer during the brief hearing.
According to a prosecution lawyer the case is likely to proceed by indictment to the Crown Court.
Releasing Barkley on continuing bail, District Judge Fiona Bagnall requested a full update for his next appearance in December.