Friday, August 15, 2014

Foul mouthed thug ranted at crew and attacked police on Easyjet flight into John Lennon Airport: Michael Warrilow jailed after breaking officer's thumb in "out of control" rage

A violent thug who let fly an expletive laden rant at Easyjet cabin crew attacked a police officer who had been called by the worried captain.

Michael Warrilow was returning from a stay in Amsterdam to Liverpool John Lennon airport when he turned on two members of staff.

Geoff Lowe, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that Warrilow had began rummaging around in the flight attendants trolley and when she told him not to replied: “Drop the f***ing attitude”.

As the plane began to descend and the crew tried to tidy the plane he was asked to pick up a pile of crisps he had dropped on the floor, but replied: “I’m not a f***ing dog, especially not your f***ing dog”.

When a male flight attendant tried to intervene he was said to have made homophobic comments, which he denied.

Warned that police would be called, he said: “I don’t give a ****. Get away you **** before I hit you.”

Police were called to meet the plane but when an officer tried to arrest him he struggled so wildly he broke the policeman’s thumb and ligaments and it took three people to get him into a van where he started to head butt the cage.

The next day, October 22 last year, he claimed not to have assaulted anyone and said he had not been on drugs, having drunk only water while in Amsterdam.

The officer who he injured had to undergo a course of surgery and take time of work.

Two weeks before his trial Warrilow pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm, a public order offense and two charges under the civil aviation act.

The court heard Warrilow, of Fonthill Road, Kirkdale, had 65 previous convictions including disorderly behavior, resisting police, battery, burglary, assault and affray.

Nick Cockrell, defending, said he was trying to find work but it was not easy with his record. Judge Andrew Menary, QC, jailed Warrilow for 15 months, saying: “Your offenses and the injury to the police constable were the culmination of a quite appalling episode of violent aggressive and intimidating behavior displayed by you toward cabin crew of the Easyjet flight.

“It must have been intimidating and threatening not just to the cabin crew but other passengers nearby. Traveling on an airplane is stressful enough without passengers behaving as you were behaving.

“Traveling on an airplane places a special responsibility on passengers to behave. Everyone is placed in a small area high above the ground.

He said the arrival of police should have “been the end of it” but instead resulted in a “nasty injury” as Warrilow “Lost control”.

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