Man who attacked air steward could lose his job


A man could lose his job after he grabbed the genitals of a male flight attendant and asked, “are you gay?”. The defendant Thomas Sleigh was found guilty of sexual assault. He has now been sentenced to a 12 month community order. The sentence includes £300 in compensation to the victim and 200 hours of unpaid work. Sleigh had claimed it had been an accident, and had faced up to 10 years in jail. He is also required to register his details with police and notify them of changes of circumstances under a five-year notification requirement. Defending Shane O’Neill said: “For a few seconds of stupidity, his job hangs in the balance,” stating that Sleigh had apologized to the steward immediately. Sleigh had drunk three cans of beer before the flight, and that his daughter had been drinking alcohol not purchased on the plane. When the victim approached the group asking to collect a can, Sleigh then “grabbed” and “flicked” his genitals, said prosecutors.


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