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Friday 9 December 2016

Race fans were 'unruly' on plane, court hears

Dublin District Court was told gardai were called over
Dublin District Court was told gardai were called over "unruly" behaviour on the Ryanair plane when it landed. (Stock Picture)

A passenger had to be removed from a plane on arrival in Dublin while another intervened and "taunted" airport police, it has been alleged.

Aaron McDonald (24) and Luke McLoughlin (26) were travelling home after attending the races at Epsom when the alleged incident happened.

Dublin District Court was told gardai were called over "unruly" behaviour on the Ryanair plane when it landed.

Mr McDonald, of Lentisk Lawn, The Donahies, and Mr McLoughlin, of Foxhill Lawn, Coolock, are charged with failing to comply with the lawful request of a member of the airport police to leave an aircraft last November 7.

They have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Sgt Paul Keane said airport police on duty in Terminal 1 at 10.35pm contacted gardai over alleged unruly behaviour on board a Ryanair plane that had travelled from East Midlands.

The court heard the captain had contacted airport police on arrival to say cabin crew had had difficulties with passengers while the plane was approaching.

When officers entered the aircraft, crew members pointed out the alleged culprits.

Roared

Mr McLoughlin had allegedly stood up from his seat, undid his belt, lifted his T-shirt and roared out as the craft approached.

Sgt Patrick Brown of the airport police spoke to Mr McLoughlin, who allegedly told him to "f**k off, you p***k".

Mr McLoughlin was directed to leave the aircraft. He allegedly resisted and was handcuffed.

Sgt Keane alleged that Mr McDonald intervened "with verbal taunting".

The court heard both men had attended the racing at Epsom and had been drinking.

Sgt Keane said the accused had not been aggressive towards the stewards.

Judge Dermot Dempsey accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case at district court level and adjourned it for hearing.

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