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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 01:23 PM

Man jailed after endangering plane with anti-gay air steward abuse

Man jailed after endangering plane with anti-gay air steward abuse

A British man has been jailed after shouting homophobic abuse at air stewards and endangering the safety of a flight to Tenerife.

John Hawkins, 32, of Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside was on a Thomas Cook flight to the Canary Islands when he began shouting anti-gay abuse at the male air stewards and became aggressive with other passengers.

The St Helens Reporter said the flight had to return to the UK and the man physically restrained by staff.

Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester sentenced Hawkins to eight months in prison for endangering the safety of an aircraft.

Hawkins defence lawyer said his client suffered chronic pain as a result of an accident leaving him with impaired mobility, but the judge pointed out that his mobility problems were not enough to “stop committing criminal offences”.

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/03/21/main-jailed-after-endangering-plane-with-anti-gay-air-steward-abuse/

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 01:42 PM

1. I wonder if he'll find out

how expensive it is to charter a plane?

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 01:53 PM

2. i'm glad i clicked on this -- because i thought some one had been physically assaulted

w/ an anti-gay steward.

i was like -- 'how novel -- a new way to assault us'.

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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 02:29 PM

3. Good. Maybe he'll learn something in 8 months.

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