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Drunken louts caused nightmare for passengers of Leeds-bound flight

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  • by Tony Gardner
 

A PAIR of drunk louts caused a nightmare journey for passengers and crew on board a Leeds-bound flight.

A court heard Barry Hogan and Colin Courtney hurled foul-mouthed abuse and made crude sexual remarks as they returned home with 11 members of a stag party.

Courtney also removed his trousers and pulled up his boxer shorts to show off his buttock on board the flight which contained children and elderly passengers.

The pair were given suspended prison sentences yesterday after the both pleaded guilty to being drunk on an aircraft.

The incident happened on board a Jet2 flight from Budapest to Leeds Bradford Airport on June 29 this year.

Louise Pryke, prosecuting, said Hogan and Courtney were among the last to board the plane. They were visibly drunk and were shouting and swearing.

Miss Pryke said the pair refused to be quiet while cabin crew were carrying out the safety drill and they would not wear their seat belts.

A number of passengers asked to be moved away from them and Hogan made a “crude sexual remark” to a female passenger.

The pair continued to carry on swearing despite being told to calm down by crew members. They still refused to wear seat belts even when the plane hit turbulence after taking off.

Miss Pryke said Courtney spilled a drink on himself and took his trousers off before exposing his buttocks as he went to the toilet. Around 90 minutes into the flight the crew decided to issue the men with a warning letter about their unacceptable behaviour.

Hogan grabbed the letter out of the hand of the senior flight attendant and screwed it up before throwing it back at her.

Police were contacted 30 minutes before the end of the flight

Courtney stood on his seat as the aircraft made its final approach to the runway.

The pair were arrested upon arrival.

Hogan was taken to Leeds General Infirmary after telling officers he had taken a lot of drugs.

Courtney, 28, of Ruskin Road, Darlington, and Hogan, 36, of Parkside, Darlington, were given 16-week prison sentences, suspended for two years.

They were both ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work.

Recorder Paul Isaacs said: “You were drunk, you behaved appallingly. You were unruly, you refused to be quiet.

“You were loutish in your behaviour towards passengers and crew.”

He added: “In day to day life on the streets of this city, people can avoid drunken, loutish behaviour.

But when you are on a plane...you can’t.”

 
 
 

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