US lawyer charged in air rage incident
A NEW YORK attorney-at-law landed in a court in Dublin yesterday after he was arrested for an alleged drunken air rage incident on a flight from Germany to the United States.
A Lufthansa flight bound for JFK Airport in New York had set off from Munich but was diverted to Dublin Airport on Wednesday afternoon.
US passenger Timothy Fasano (49) was arrested at Terminal 1 and later charged with three counts under the Air Navigation and Transport Act.
It is alleged that while travelling on Lufthansa flight LH410 he engaged in behaviour that was of a threatening, abusive and insulting nature with intent to provoke a breach of the peace.
He is also accused of engaging in behaviour likely to cause serious offence or annoyance despite being requested by aircraft crew to stop, and it is also alleged he was intoxicated to such an extent to give rise to an apprehension he might endanger himself or others.
Mr Fasono, who has an address in Queens, New York, has not yet entered a plea.
His solicitor Tracey Horan said her client was an attorney but was currently of limited means and doing locum work.
There was no objection to bail and the court heard that the offences were summary in nature, meaning they are confined to the jurisdiction of the district court.
The 49-year-old lawyer was released pending his next court hearing on April 29.
He was remanded on bail in his own bond of €200 with conditions that he has to sign on daily at Store Street Garda station in Dublin city-centre, surrender his passport and he has to tell gardai where he will be staying.