Plane passenger is arrested after homophobically assaulting the crew

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A 51-year-old woman who was going on a holiday with her daughter was arrested after landing in Greece. Helen Butcher had already been drinking when she boarded the TUI aircraft to the Greek island of Kos last summer, as she behaved aggressively with the crew and fellow passengers. Shockingly, she even punched one of the stewards in the genitals, and yelled it did not matter because he was gay anyway. Butcher was jailed for 21 weeks after admitting to two counts of assault by beating, being intoxicated on an aircraft and using threatening behavior. When she arrived to the airport, she was already drunk, but continued consuming alcohol waiting for the plane. Police in Greece were then contacted and put on standby for when the plane landed, at which point Butcher was arrested. Her lawyer said that Butcher had alcohol issues and also said that she had acknowledged that her behavior was “appalling” and apologized to everyone whom she offended. Her defence went on to note that Butcher’s father had died of pancreatic cancer and she was drinking of grief. Sentencing Judge David Stockdale QC said that the woman was intoxicated before she boarded the plane, and said that her behavior was distressing for passengers and crew.

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