Sunday 23 April 2017

Teacher walks free after air steward grope

Jennifer Cockerell

A teacher who drunkenly assaulted an air steward was spared a jail sentence yesterday.

Katherine Goldberg (25, pictured) was so drunk that she became under the "alcohol-induced illusion" that the man was her boyfriend, a London court heard.

Goldberg, who pleaded guilty to sexual assault and being drunk on an aircraft, was on a flight from South Africa to the UK on August 24 when the incident happened.

After initial disruptive behaviour, she was moved to the plane's galley where one member of the cabin crew "took an interest in her care" and tried to calm her down, according to prosecutor James O'Connell.

"However, it was at this point that the defendant's antics changed and became rather sexual. She sat on his lap and grabbed hold of his genitalia," Mr O'Connell added.

Goldberg was fined £1,500 (€1,745), ordered to carry out an 11-month community order and 80 hours of unpaid work, and to pay £250 (€290) costs.

Irish Independent

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