The Malta Independent 9 December 2018, Sunday

Man who caused disturbance on flight fined €1,545

Friday, 20 July 2018, 15:00 Last update: about 6 months ago

An airline passenger has been slapped with a fine of over €1,500 after he caused a drunken disturbance during a flight.

31 year-old Dean Robert was arraigned before magistrate Doreen Clarke by Inspector Silvio Magro and charged with recklessly endangering the safety of an aircraft, interfering with the crewmembers’ duties, behaving in a threatening or abusive manner towards the crew, being drunk in an aircraft, disturbing the peace and disobeying police orders.

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No details about the disturbance emerged during the man’s arraignment this morning, as legal counsel on both sides discussed the matter in the magistrate’s private chambers.

When they emerged a guilty plea was entered on Robert’s behalf.

The Court ordered him to pay a fine of €1,545. “That is almost the maximum fine,” said the magistrate. “Any such incident is unacceptable, but even more so when in the confined space of an aircraft.”

Lawyer Chris Chircop was defence counsel.

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