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Shamed 'lewd act' DJ faces UK investigation

BRITISH authorities are expected to investigate the lewd act allegedly committed by radio presenter Neil Prendeville on an Aer Lingus flight last year.

Aer Lingus is to refer the matter to the British authorities after the DPP concluded it would not investigate further due to a jurisdictional technicality.

The move comes as the shamed DJ returns to Cork 96FM's morning show next Monday after five months off air. He was due to give an interview on the station this morning.

Mr Prendeville allegedly exposed himself and masturbated in view of two Aer Lingus air hostesses and a passenger on the flight between London and Cork as the aircraft taxied to the runway at Heathrow Airport.

An internal Aer Lingus investigation concluded that "a criminal offence may have occurred" on the October 19 flight and the airline has now decided to refer the matter to the "relevant" British authorities as the plane was still in Heathrow at the time.

Father-of-two Mr Prendeville insisted he had absolutely no recollection of the alleged incident after a cocktail of painkillers and alcohol.

hnews@herald.ie