Thursday 21 September 2017

'I'm going to stick a f**king gun to your head' - easyJet passenger removed over threats to cabin crew

Samuel Patrick Moore (47) of Springbank Close, in West Belfast, appeared at Antrim Magistrates' Court on Tuesday and admitted three charges Photo: Reuters
Samuel Patrick Moore (47) of Springbank Close, in West Belfast, appeared at Antrim Magistrates' Court on Tuesday and admitted three charges Photo: Reuters

Nevin Farrell

An Irish man was removed by police from an easyJet flight at Belfast International Airport after telling a female member of cabin crew: "I'm going to stick a f**king gun to your head".

Samuel Patrick Moore (47) of Springbank Close, in West Belfast, appeared at Antrim Magistrates' Court on Tuesday and admitted three charges: behaving in a threatening manner onboard an aircraft; failing to obey a lawful command on an aircraft and being drunk on a plane.

A prosecutor said Moore, who was using a walking stick in court, was on a flight going to Manchester at 5pm on Friday September 9 last year.

Police were called after a report of a drunk and disruptive passenger after he had been asked to leave but refused.

Officers escorted him off the flight.

He had been shouting and swearing and the flight was delayed after a crew member was so distressed she had to go off duty.

A new flight crew member had to be brought in.

When questioned, Moore said he was taking pain relief which mixed with one beer and a double whiskey he had in the airport bar and his recollection of the incident was hazy.

District Judge Peter King noted a crew member said she felt threatened when Moore said to her "I'm going to stick a f**king gun to your head".

The judge said a pre-sentence report was needed and adjourned the case until February.

Belfast Telegraph

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