Cana­dian chil­dren’s en­ter­tainer to serve time in Ire­land for air rage

Ottawa Citizen - - World - BY TIF­FANY CRAW­FORD

A Cana­dian chil­dren’s en­ter­tainer was sen­tenced this week in Ire­land to one year in jail af­ter he be­came so high on a mix of drugs and al­co­hol on board a transat­lantic flight from Van­cou­ver to Belfast that he swore at pas­sen­gers and spit at a flight at­ten­dant.

Van­cou­ver res­i­dent Michael Roy Shick, 40, was sen­tenced at Antrim Crown Court in North­ern Ire­land to 12 months im­pris­on­ment af­ter he had pleaded guilty to six charges.

Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, the charges in­cluded three of as­sault, en­dan­ger­ing an air­craft or peo­ple on board, drunk while on an air­craft and crim­i­nal dam­age to an air­craft seat.

The air rage in­ci­dent on board a Zoom Air­lines flight hap­pened on March 10, when, about half­way into the eighthour flight, Mr. Shick be­came abu­sive to staff and pas­sen­gers.

In sen­tenc­ing, Judge Pa­trick Lynch ruled Mr. Shick was to be de­ported to Canada af­ter serv­ing his sen­tence in Ire­land.

“He was very abu­sive ver­bally, es­pe­cially to the flight at­ten­dant, and his lan­guage was very in­ap­pro­pri­ate,” Zoom Air­lines spokesman David Cle­ments said.

Mr. Cle­ments said Mr. Shick brought his own al­co­hol on the plane and was sneak­ing it into other drinks. Mr. Shick was also pop­ping pre­scrip­tion pills, which were later de­ter­mined to be anti-de­pres­sants and sleep­ing tablets, Mr. Cle­ments said.

At one point, he spat in the mouth and face of a flight at­ten­dant, pushed an­other crew mem­ber and be­rated pas­sen­gers with “foul lan­guage.” He also caused a fe­male pas­sen­ger to cry af­ter grab­bing her child.

Mr. Cle­ments said Mr. Shick had to be sub­dued by a Van­cou­ver po­lice of­fi­cer, who hap­pened to be on the same flight.

Mr. Shick had his feet shack­led while flight at­ten­dants put a blan­ket over his head. He was taken into cus­tody af­ter the plane touched down at Belfast In­ter­na­tional.

“In th­ese cases, of­ten the pilot will make an emer­gency land­ing, but, in this case, the near­est land­ing was the plane’s des­ti­na­tion in Belfast,” Mr. Cle­ments said.

At Mr. Shick’s sen­tenc­ing hear­ing on June 30, Judge Lynch had some harsh words for the man, say­ing he was “the most un­for­tu­nate vis­i­tor to th­ese shores I have ever had the mis­for­tune to see,” the

Belfast Tele­graph re­ported.

WAYNE LEIDENFROST, CANWEST NEWS SER­VICE

Michael Roy Shick per­forms for a Tourism Van­cou­ver pro­mo­tion in June 2004.

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