Saturday 20 July 2019

Man assaulted airport staff as he ran after plane he had missed

Tackled by staff: Patrick Kehoe leaving court yesterday. Photo: Collins
Tackled by staff: Patrick Kehoe leaving court yesterday. Photo: Collins

Tom Tuite

A man has pleaded guilty to assaulting two Dublin Airport workers who tackled him as he ran after a plane on the tarmac at Terminal 1 after he missed his flight.

Ryanair staff and airport police stopped drunk Patrick Kehoe after he stormed on to the apron in a bid to flag down a plane to Amsterdam.

He will be sentenced in April.

The passenger was late for his flight but got through the boarding gate and a door leading to the tarmac, close to the Ryanair plane, at about 7am on September 27 last.

Kehoe was restrained and held until gardaí arrived and brought him under arrest to Ballymun station.

Kehoe (24), from Raheenaskeagh, Oulart, Co Wexford, was originally charged with criminal damage to a magnetic door lock at Gate 106 at Dublin Airport.

However, that charge was withdrawn yesterday when he faced his fourth hearing at Dublin District Court.

It was replaced with two counts of assaulting the Airport Police Service (APS) woman and a male aircraft ground handler who intervened as he ran after his flight which was getting ready to take off.

Defence solicitor Peter Connolly told Judge Dermot Simms his client, who did not address the court, was pleading guilty.

Kehoe made no reply when the new charges were put to him, said Garda David Cahill.

Kehoe was at the airport with his girlfriend to go on holiday to Amsterdam, the court heard. Garda Cahill said when Kehoe got to his boarding gate it was closed but he proceeded out on to the apron of the airport and chased the aircraft.

The case resumes on April 25 next.

Irish Independent

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