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Lauren asked garda to say that in English

A NIECE of billionaire fashion icon Ralph Lauren asked a garda 'Can you say that in English please?' when she was arrested over an alleged air rage incident.

Jennifer Lauren (41) appeared in court charged with being drunk and breaching the peace on a US flight which diverted to Ireland.

She faces three charges in relation to the alleged incident which led to a Delta Airlines flight from Barcelona to New York being diverted to Shannon yesterday.

The relative of designer Ralph (inset) was granted consent to bail.

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

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

Ms Lauren, of East 65th Street New York, 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.

 

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

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

Gda Yvette Walsh told the court that she arrested the accused at Shannon Airport at 2.05pm yesterday, to which Ms Lauren replied: "Can you say that in English please?"

She was later charged at Shannon garda station and made no reply after each charge.

Judge Durcan told Ms Curley that the court would be taking into account a number of matters in the case, including the "nature and extent of discommoding other people", the cost to the airline and the cost to Shannon authorities.

The hearing which was held in the function room of the Brian Boru on the Hill bar in Ballina, Co Tipperary.

After spending a night in a cell in Shannon garda station, Ms Lauren was driven to Ballina this morning.

The designer arrived at the pub where the court was sitting at 10.15am.

Dressed head to toe in a smart black dress, long black coat and carrying a black leather bag, she was escorted into court by two women garda. Prior to the short hearing, she became emotional, wiping away tears as she spoke to her travelling companion and a representative of the US embassy.

The incident occurred on Delta Airlines flight DL477 from Barcelona to New York on Monday afternoon.

The flight, with 209 passengers and crew on board, was diverted to Shannon as a result of Ms Lauren's behaviour.

Since early last year, the Brian Boru has been used as a makeshift courthouse after a desperate search for a court venue.


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