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Published on Thursday, November 13, 2014

Judges refuse to budge on air rage jail sentence


Judges have refused to shorten the prison sentence of a Liverpool man for his 'appalling conduct' on an easyJet flight.

Michael Warrilow, from Kirkdale, was coming back from a trip to Amsterdam to Liverpool John Lennon Airport on October 21 last year when he turned on cabin staff.

He laughed and swore at them, threatened to hit a male member of the crew and injured a police officer during his arrest. He also headbutted the caged area of a police van.

After initially denying the offences, two weeks before his trial Warrilow pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm, a public order offence and two charges under the civil aviation act.

Earlier this year he was sentence to 15 months in prison, but then lodged an appeal, claiming it was too harsh.

The case reached London's Appeal Court yesterday but was thrown out.

According to a report in the Liverpool Echo, Lord Justice Jackson, sitting with Mr Justice Holroyde and Judge Simon Tonking, told the Appeal Court there is a 'particular duty' on passengers to behave properly on flights.

"They are all up there in a confined space and any misbehaviour can have devastating consequences," he said.

"On any flight you have passengers with children, and others, who will be put in fear by such conduct.

"In our view 15 months for this serious and disgraceful conduct was entirely appropriate."

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    This sort of behaviour is a regular occurrence on Arriva Trains coming from Holyhead Port. As fee-paying passengers we are told not to be grumpy when half of the second carriage (there are only ever 2) is taken up with drunks singing, swearing and falling on people, usually with 3 North Wales Police looking on. Passengers should feel safe whatever the mode of transport. This sentence was correct.

    By Irene Laird, Thursday, November 13, 2014

  • Well done

    A pat on the back for Lord Justice Jackson, Mr Justice Holroyde and Judge Simon Tonking - the right decision. I think the 15 months was too lenient.

    By Harry Cole, Thursday, November 13, 2014

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