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Published on Friday, August 15, 2014

Man jailed for violent behaviour on easyJet flight

A man has been jailed for 15 months for hurling abuse at easyJet cabin crew and attacking a police officer who was called by the worried Captain.

Liverpool Crown Court heard yesterday that Michael Warrilow was returning from a trip to Amsterdam on October 21 to Liverpool John Lennon Airport when he turned on cabin staff.

A report in the Liverpool Echo said prosecutors told the court that Warrilow, from Kirkdale, had began 'rummaging around in the flight attendants trolley' and when she told him not to replied: "Drop the f***ing attitude."

As the plane came into land, he was asked to pick up a packet of crisps he had dropped on the floor, and again swore at the crew, saying 'I'm not a f***ing dog, especially not your f***ing dog'.

After another altercation with a male member of the crew, police were called but when an officer tried to arrest Warrilow he struggled so much he broke the policeman's thumb and ligaments.

It took three people to get him into a van and then he began head butting the cage.

The officer who he injured had to undergo a course of surgery and take sick leave.

After first 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.

The court heard that Warrilow, of Fonthill Road, had 65 previous convictions including disorderly behaviour, resisting police, battery, burglary, assault and affray.

His defence lawyer, Nick Cockrell, said Warrilow was trying to find a job but was struggling with his record.

The Liverpool Echo reported that the Judge Andrew Menary, QC, jailed Warrilow for 15 months, saying: "Your offences and the injury to the police constable were the culmination of a quite appalling episode of violent aggressive and intimidating behaviour displayed by you toward cabin crew of the easyjet flight.

"It must have been intimidating and threatening not just to the cabin crew but other passengers nearby. Travelling on an aeroplane is stressful enough without passengers behaving as you were behaving.

"Travelling on an aeroplane places a special responsibility on passengers to behave. Everyone is placed in a small area high above the ground."

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  • Not enough

    He'll only do 7 months & he's probably used to prison. Why isnt he banned by airlines from flying with them?

    By Peter Lynch, Friday, September 5, 2014

  • Finally

    Well done to Easy Jet for taking it that far, and the judge for his sentence. ( I would have given more!). It is about time disruptive passengers pay the price. Over the last years passengers are becoming increasingly disruptive and totally ignorant to the requirements on board, which are crucial for safety. Unfortunately it is not possible to just 'throw them out', so let~´s 'throw them inside'.

    By Elaine Molyneux, Friday, August 15, 2014

  • Kudos to the Judge

    This "gentleman" (I use the term loosely since he has proven himself otherwise) will most certainly get an attitude adjustment while in jail I'm sure. One thing's for certain -- he won't have to worry about finding employment for the next 15 months. I hope he'll get anger management while in jail. After 65+ previous convictions, it's a wonder he hasn't been "adjusted" by fellow inmates with any lasting effects before now.

    By LeAnne Rigsby, Friday, August 15, 2014

  • At least he may get a job now....

    Sowing mail sacks.......making number plates.......prison laundry.....the potential is endless, but maybe not a librarian with his vocabulary ! Nice to see the comment from the Judge to the effect that Flying is stressful enough....sort of makes it official

    By Paul Davis, Friday, August 15, 2014

  • Well done!

    Well done Judge Andrew Menary! There is too much tolerance of bad behaviour and unwarranted swearing selfishly causing distress.

    By barbara O'Neil, Friday, August 15, 2014

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