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A Brit thug on a flight to Malta for a birthday celebration guzzled three quarters of a bottle of Famous Grouse whiskey before grabbing a member of the cabin crew by the throat on an easyJet plane.
Colin Smith admitted to staff he was “nine out of 10 drunk” with his partner telling the stewardess she had “told him not to drink that whiskey”.
The 51-year-old had been warned to be careful as he climbed over two passengers before he unleashed the attack on March 28 this year, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.
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Prosecuting, Edmund Potts said the incident took place on a flight from Manchester to Malta as the aircraft was landing with the seatbelt signs switched on, reports Manchester Evening News.
Cops were waiting for him on his return to the UK a week later where he was arrested and admitted to the behaviour.
He said he bought two bottles of Famous Grouse whisky in duty free and had enjoyed the vast majority of one bottle during the journey.
His unnamed victim said in court she was left feeling upset and anxious, and was now scared of further attacks in the future.
In defence of Smith, Colette Renton said her client’s memory of the incident was “fragmented" as he was drunk.
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She said his fear of flying contributed to the drinking and that he was going on a prearranged holiday for his 50th birthday which was a “relief” following recent family bereavements.
“He expresses his remorse and states that he wishes to apologise to the victim for the impact that his behaviour has had upon her,” Ms Renton added.
The bloke, from Woodland End in Hull, will be sentenced next year after he pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to being drunk on an aircraft and assault.
He was granted unconditional bail.
The Daily Star has reached out to easyJet for a comment.
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