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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Football fan is cleared of drunken brawl on flight

A FOOTBALL fan arrested over an alleged drunken "brawl" on board a Ryanair flight from Liverpool to Dublin has been cleared of breaching aviation regulations.

Evan Kane (22) had been accused of fighting with another passenger and threatening to "get him" after they were separated, and flinging a can of Red Bull which struck an elderly woman on the head.

Mr Kane maintained it was a plastic tumbler which was thrown, that had hit the woman by mistake and he had apologised, the court heard.

The case against him was dismissed after Judge Gerard Haughton ruled there was no evidence that Mr Kane was so drunk that he was a danger.

The other man was given the benefit of the Adult Caution Scheme.

The accused, of Wolfe Tone Close, Jervis Street, had been charged with being drunk enough to be a danger to himself or other passengers, and using behaviour likely to cause serious annoyance after being requested by crew to stop.

He had denied both charges following an incident that happened as the plane was taxiing at Dublin Airport after landing at 10.30pm on May 14 last.

Dublin District Court heard the accused was returning from England after Manchester United won a Premier League match when flight attendant Chloe Battle noticed the two men fighting.

Judge Haughton said it was not an offence to be intoxicated on board an aircraft and that there had to be "more evidence" of endangerment.

He said there had been no evidence that Ms Battle had asked the accused to desist from his alleged behaviour. The judge dismissed both charges.

aphelan@herald.ie

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