Student abused staff on Dublin-bound flight after downing whiskey
A Dutch accountancy student flying to Dublin on a class trip hurled drunken abuse at cabin crew after downing nearly a full bottle of whiskey.
Sandro Taruchaladze (25) had drunk the spirits before boarding the plane, became aggressive en route and was arrested on arrival in Ireland.
Giving him a two-month suspended sentence, a judge ordered Taruchaladze to stay sober for the rest of his visit and advised him not to go on any of Dublin's famous brewery tours.
The accused, from Zoutmanstraat, Amsterdam, pleaded guilty to intoxication and being threatening and abusive on board an aircraft on June 8.
Garda Sharon Breen told Dublin District Court Taruchaladze left his seat several times during the flight and refused to obey the flight crew. He also became aggressive to one of them.
Gda Breen said she arrested Taruchaladze at 4.40pm on June 8 and brought him to Ballymun Garda Station, where he later made no reply to the charge.
The accused had been highly intoxicated and was still drunk when arrested, his solicitor said.
His professor had been able to reason with him on the plane and put him back in his seat, where he fell asleep. He continued to shout in his sleep.
He had "foolishly" drunk most of a bottle of whiskey in duty free in Amsterdam and did not remember anything after he got on the plane.
The accused's professor told Judge Alan Mitchell it was a trip for international business and to "see the sights" in Dublin.
"I might suggest the trip does not include the distilleries - Jameson and Guinness - he might stay in the hotel," the judge said.
He suspended the sentence for a year and refused to leave him without a conviction.
"You might think in one way it's a bit harsh, but on the other hand people on planes can't behave like that - situations have escalated on planes," he said.