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Sunday 11 December 2016

Poland fan tried to put his hand up air stewardess's skirt

Jon Walters, Republic of Ireland, in action against Tomasz Jodlowiec, Poland. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Poland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
Jon Walters, Republic of Ireland, in action against Tomasz Jodlowiec, Poland. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Poland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

A football supporter, who tried to put his hand up an air stewardess's skirt during a flight from Warsaw to Dublin on Sunday has been spared a jail term.

Mariusz Cicheki (34) from Poland, but whose address was listed on his charge as no fixed abode, was one of five men arrested following a drink-fuelled disturbance on an Aer Lingus flight from Warsaw to Dublin on Sunday.

Dublin District Court heard that at one stage during the flight the captain thought about returning to Warsaw.

Cicheki was fined €600 after he pleaded guilty to a charge of engaging in threatening and abusive behaviour on flight EI363. The charge was under the Air Navigation Transport Act which can carry a possible jail sentence.

Garda Niall Minnock told Judge Cormac Dunne that Cicheki was arrested at 1.45pm at Dublin Airport. He was then brought to Finglas Garda Station where he was subsequently charged with the offence.

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Gda Minnock said that Cicheki was in a party of five men who were intoxicated. The court heard he was the "main instigator" during the incident and had been warned by cabin crew before he was moved to a different part of the plane.

Gda Minnock said Cicheki then "attempted to put his hand up the air hostess's skirt and later touched the air hostess on her behind".

Judge Dunne said that at one stage the captain had to give a warning that "he was tempted to return the aeroplane to Warsaw".

He told the defendant that the level of allegation against him was higher due to the improper advances he made to the flight crew member on two occasions. Cicheki said he did not need a solicitor and confirmed he was pleading guilty to the offence.

Judge Dunne fined him €600 and ordered that it must be paid within three days otherwise he will be jailed for a week.

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