Five-month jail term for air rage incident

October 15, 2018

A Camlough man had been handed a five-month prison sentence for threatening to kill an airline crew member in an ‘air rage’ incident earlier this year.

Kevin O’Hare (27) from Keggall View swung his fists at the female cabin attendant, and thumped the seat in which an autistic child was sat, on a Jet2 flight from Fuerteventura to Belfast on 5th August.  The child was extremely upset and screaming as O’Hare “repeatedly” punched the seat in front of him. 

Antrim Magistrates’ Court heard how the defendant had been drinking since 11am before boarding the evening flight to Belfast International Airport.  During the four-hour flight, he became aggressive to crew members and swung his fists at a female attendant shouting “I’ll f**king kill her”.  O’Hare also screamed and swore at police when he was arrested in Belfast.

 District Judge Nigel Broderick described O’Hare’s drunken behaviour as “appalling” and similar to other incidents which were “all too prevalent”.

O’Hare’s lawyer said his client had “a longstanding difficulty with alcohol” and did not recollect anything about the incident but acknowledged that his behaviour was “completely disgraceful and unacceptable”.  He was currently seeking help for his issues with alcohol, said the lawyer, and submitted three references to the court on his client’s behalf.

Imposing fines totaling £600 and a five-month jail term, the judge said it is his view that the incident crossed the custody threshold and a “clear message” must be sent that such behaviour would not be tolerated.

O’Hare was released on £500 bail pending an appeal.