Unruly airline passengers appear in Magistrates Court

Two British nationals appeared in Magistrates Court today to face several charges related to unlawful actions on board of a British controlled aircraft in flight, which caused the aircraft to have to divert and land in Bermuda on August the 1st.

There were eight charges filed all together against Ian Claxton and Amice Walker.

35 year old Claxton of West Midlands, United Kingdom was charged singularly with six offenses including unlawfully assaulting an Airline crew member  thereby causing bodily harm, abusive language towards a member of the crew and failure to obey a lawful command of a member of the crew.

The pair were jointly charged with failure to obey a lawful command of the crew of the aircraft as well as being drunk on the aircraft and using abusive words towards a member of the crew.
27-year-old Walker of Quarry Bank was charged with unlawfully assaulting two other airline crew members.

Walker was fined a total of $4,500, while Claxton received fines totalling $13,500.

The lawyer for one one of the defendants made an application for a deportation, which the Worshipful Senior Magistrate, Maxanne Anderson agreed to. The pair have been locked up in custody ever since they arrived in Bermuda.

300 persons were on the flight from England which was forced to direct to Bermuda. Claxton was traveling with his daughter, while Walker was about to get engaged the court heard.

It was stated In court that they were both drinking vodka and tequila which they had bought on board and was responsible for putting them in that state.

It was said that It took three off duty UK police officers to control Claxton. Neither seemed to remember much of anything that occurred on the flight as they were so intoxicated.

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