Grandad hurled racist abuse at pas­sen­gers dur­ing flight to city

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A DRUNKEN grand­fa­ther be­came racially abu­sive on board a flight head­ing to Birm­ing­ham Air­port, in­sult­ing dis­abled pas­sen­gers and chil­dren.

Foul-mouthed Paul Ad­ney first of all tar­geted a dis­abled wo­man wait­ing for her mo­bil­ity scooter to be placed on board, rant­ing: “Just leave her here!”

He then spouted foul-mouthed racist abuse, yelling “Why the hell are we let­ting on all these f***ing P****s and b****s.”

Dur­ing the flight from Turkey’s An­talya Air­port, the 53-year-old con­stantly kicked the seat in front of him where a 13-year-old girl was sit­ting.

When her mother protested, Ad­ney told her to shut up and said: “You know I will punch her.”

Ad­ney, from Strat­ford Road, Shirley, pleaded guilty to be­ing drunk on board an air­craft and to us­ing threat­en­ing, abu­sive or in­sult­ing words or be­hav­iour likely to cause ha­rass­ment, alarm or dis­tress with a racially ag­gra­vated fac­tor.

The court heard how a num­ber of pas­sen­gers were re-seated dur­ing the May 25 flight to Birm­ing­ham and when some re­mon­strated, Ad­ney told them: “I will take all of you on – I used to be a boxer.”

He­len Ship­ley, prose­cut­ing, told the court : “His be­hav­iour was very threat­en­ing dur­ing the flight and left many pas­sen­gers in­clud­ing vul­ner­a­ble dis­abled peo­ple and chil­dren feel­ing scared and up­set.

“When the plane landed po­lice ar­rested the de­fen­dant where he con­tin­ued to be abu­sive and ag­gres­sive.

“He was taken to Soli­hull Po­lice Sta­tion and when he was later ques­tioned he said he was sorry for his ac­tions. He said he was drunk and couldn’t re­mem­ber what he had said.

“When he was told what he had said and done he said he was very em­bar­rassed about how he had be­haved.”

Mrs Bashir Kal­soom, de­fend­ing, said Ad­ney was “deeply ashamed of his ac­tions”.

“He is a re­form­ing al­co­holic and was in re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion a num­ber of years ago,” she said. “He had been off the drink for quite some time and had given up al­co­hol be­cause of this very rea­son.

“He can get abu­sive and ag­gres­sive when he has had a drink. He had a drink be­fore the flight. He knows how stupid this was.

“He is a 53-year-old grand­fa­ther and he is deeply up­set about the dis­tress it has caused his chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.”

Mag­is­trates handed Ad­ney a £120 fine and told him to pay court costs of £135 in re­la­tion to us­ing threat­en­ing, abu­sive words and be­hav­iour which was racially ag­gra­vated.

They deemed the charge of be­ing drunk on board an air­craft as too se­ri­ous and com­mit­ted his case to Birm­ing­ham Crown Court for sen­tenc­ing on Septem­ber 20.

> Paul Ad­ney, who was fined

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