Sunday 25 March 2018

The astonishing fall from grace of fashion icon Lauren's niece

Jennifer Lauren arrives at court for her sentencing hearing
Jennifer Lauren arrives at court for her sentencing hearing
Jennifer Lauren leaving court, which was held (inset) in the Brian Boru pub
Jennifer Lauren after appearing before Killaloe District Court
Killaloe District Court was sitting in the Brian Boru on the Hill pub, below, in Ballina, Co Tipperary
Jenny Lauren and her father Jerry Lauren
Designer Ralph Lauren
Jenny Lauren and Jerry Lauren.

The niece of billionaire fashion mogul Ralph Lauren has arrived at court for a sentencing hearing.

Jewellery designer Jenny Lauren (41), with an address in Manhattan, appeared before Ennis District Court this morning.

The hearing was adjourned at Killaloe District Court yesterday.

Ms Lauren arrived before 11.30am this morning.

Wearing a knee-length black coat, boots, a tote bag and with her hair down, Ms Lauren rushed photographers as she entered the court building.

Ms Lauren was arrested for being drunk and disorderly on board a Delta Airlines flight with crew fearing she could be a danger to herself or another person.

That led to the flight, bound for JFK New York from Barcelona , being diverted to Shannon Airport on Monday afternoon.

The court heard yesterday that Ms Lauren was facing three charges in relation to the incident.

The court heard that Ms Lauren was facing three changes in relation to an air-rage incident. These involved being drunk and breaching the peace during the DL477 Delta Airlines flight.

Sharon Curely, defence solicitor for the jewellery designer, indicated that her client would enter a guilty plea to all charges.

However, Judge Patrick Durcan refused to deal with the plea yesterday, adjourning the case to today's sitting of Ennis District Court.

He asked the defence counsel to liaise with gardai to ascertain the full cost of Ms Lauren's behaviour.

Discommoded passengers who may have faced delays, costs incurred by the airline, and costs to the State as a result of the incident, are all to be presented to the court today. "These are the issues that have to be addressed and the court will have to be satisfied before it can be discharged," he added.

During the brief hearing, the court heard evidence from Garda Evette Walsh of Shannon garda station.

She gave evidence of arresting the accused at Shannon Airport at 2.05pm on Monday, at which time Ms Lauren replied: "Can you say that in English please."

During the evidence, Judge Durcan asked the garda to repeat herself. Ms Lauren was later charged at Shannon garda station and made no reply after each charge, the court heard.

The jewellery designer was charged with being intoxicated to such an extent as would give rise to a reasonable apprehension that she might endanger herself or another person on board the aircraft.

She was also charged with engaging in behaviour likely to cause serious offence or annoyance to any person on the aircraft, having been requested by a crew member of the aircraft to cease such behaviour.

Ms Lauren was also charged with a breach of the peace by engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour.

All three charges relate to the Air Navigation and Transport Act 1973.

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