An Irish international lawyer who had been caught on camera verbally abusing Air Indian crew after she was refused alcohol on her flight from Mumbai to London has been sentenced to 6 months in jail in the UK.
According to Business Standard, Simone Burns was described as ‘drunk and obnoxious’ after a hearing at the Isleworth Crown Court in London on Thursday.
According to reports, Burns had drunk three bottles of wine on the flight before going on a racist rant. She said:
Indian money-grabbing c***s… I’m a f*****g international lawyer.
Yahoo It was also revealed there that she had spat at a flight attendant during her racist tirade.
Source: Irish Mirror
Judge Nicholas Wood, who sentenced the 50-year-old to 6 months in prison told her:
The experience of a drunk and irrational person in the confines of an aircraft is frightening, not least on a long-haul flight, and poses a potential risk to safety
Source: Metro newspaper uk
He further added
You were drunk and obnoxious almost from the beginning to the end. You were abusive, contemptuous and confrontational and used appalling language.
According to reports, Burns was also ordered to pay £300 (₹27,111) as compensation to the person she assaulted. spitting straight into a crew member’s face at close range is a particularly insulting and upsetting act.
Source: The Irish Times The judge told her that spitting straight into a crew member’s face at close range was a particularly insulting and upsetting act.
Source: Watford News
The Judge at Isleworth Crown Court also said that he was convinced that the offence was racially aggravated and the language Burns used would have been extremely upsetting for the airline staff.