Saturday 18 August 2018

Businessman charged with assault of Aer Lingus air stewardess

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Aer Lingus
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A businessman has been charged in relation to an alleged air rage incident on an aircraft flying from France to Ireland.

Richard Barry (62) was charged before Cork District Court in relation to an alleged incident on an Aer Lingus Airbus aircraft flying from Paris to Cork last Monday, September 25.

He is charged with engaging in behaviour which was threatening, abusive and insulting in nature and likely to cause a breach of the peace contrary to Section 2 the Air Navigation and Transport Act, 1973/1998.

He is also charged with assaulting a female air stewardess at Cork Airport on the same date.

The assault charge is in relation to a female crew member on the EI 823 flight operated by Aer Lingus from Paris to Cork.

The assault charge was brought contrary to Section 2 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Persons Act, 1997.

Mr Barry is an Irish national but has an address at 1504 West Three, Sliema in Malta.

He is formally denying the two charges involved.

He was arrested by Gardaí at Cork Airport when the Paris flight landed and was taken to Togher Garda Station for questioning.

Judge Olann Kelleher was told by Inspector Finbarr O'Sullivan that the State was consenting to the defendant being remanded on bail in relation to the matter.

Solicitor for the defendant, Amy Murphy, said she was requesting an adjournment as her client was not ready to deal with the matter at the present time.

The State consented to the adjournment. Garda Ray Prendeville gave evidence of arrest, caution and charge to the court.

He said that when the charges were formally put to Mr Barry he replied: "I deny it - it is completely false. I deny it - totally false."

Judge Kelleher adjourned the matter until October 24.

He remanded Mr Barry on bail in his own cash bond of €300 to appear again before Cork District Court on that date.

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