Monday 23 April 2018

US lawyer charged with air rage incident arrested again for being drunk on Dublin city street, court hears

Andrew Phelan

A US LAWYER charged over an alleged air rage incident on a flight that was diverted to Dublin airport has been arrested again for being drunk on a city street, a court has heard.

Attorney Timothy Fasano (49) was a passenger on board a Lufthansa flight from Munich to New York when the plane was forced to land in Ireland last week over his alleged drunken behaviour on board.

He had been bailed to appear in Dublin District Court again today (Tues) but was remanded in custody after he failed to turn up and was re-arrested.

Mr Fasano, with an address in Queens, New York, is charged with three offences under the Air Navigation and Transport Act.

It is alleged that while travelling on Lufthansa flight LH410 he engaged in behaviour that was of a threatening, abusive and insulting nature with intent to provoke a breach of the peace.

He is also accused of engaging in behaviour likely to cause serious offence or annoyance despite being requested by aircraft crew to stop.

It is further alleged he was intoxicated to such an extent to give rise to an apprehension he might endanger himself or others.

He was first brought before the court last Wednesday and granted bail, to appear in court again today (Tuesday).

When his case was called before Judge Cormac Dunne this morning, Mr Fasano was not in court. The judge was told the accused had been seen earlier at the quays. He was described as having been 'less for wear.'

Judge Dunne issued a warrant for his arrest. Mr Fasano was later brought before Judge Ann Watkin at an evening sitting of the court, charged with public intoxication.

A garda said she had arrested the defendant at Church Street, Dublin 7 and brought him to the Bridewell Garda Station, where he made no reply to the new charge after caution.

Defence Solicitor Tracey Horan said she was making no bail application on the accused's behalf.

Judge Watkin granted legal aid after Ms Horan said Mr Fasano was currently unemployed. Previously, the court heard he had been working as a locum attorney.

The defendant, in an unkempt state, wearing a check shirt, black jacket and blue jeans and bearing injuries around his left eye did not address the court during the brief hearing.

Judge Watkin remanded him in custody, to appear in court again this Friday, May 2.

Previous, Mr Fasano had been remanded on bail in his own bond of €200 with conditions that he had to sign on daily at Store Street Garda station, surrender his passport and tell gardai where he will be staying.

Irish Independent

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