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boozy brawl Air rage drunk who punched cop after refusing to get off plane avoids prison sentence

Pauline Girvan became irate with cabin crew who refused to serve her more drink - before the plane had even taken off


Airplane passenger Pauline Girvan

Airplane passenger Pauline Girvan

Airplane passenger Pauline Girvan

Boozed-up brawler Pauline Girvan punched one cop in the face and sent another 'flying' after she refused to get off a plane to Malaga.

The 51-year-old narrowly avoided going to prison on Thursday after a court was told about a shocking and prolonged air rage incident where she also called one cop a "f***ing ugly tw*t".

Apparently, she became irate with cabin crew who refused to serve her more drink - before the plane had even taken off.

Last June, Girvan, of Gordonstown Avenue, Larne, pleaded guilty at the last minute to assaulting two police officers, disorderly behaviour and behaving in a threatening manner at Belfast International Airport.

On Thursday the full details of the disturbing incident were stated at Ballymena Magistrates Court, seven months after a judge deferred sentence to see if Girvan could behave herself.

A prosecuting barrister told the court how police had been called to the airport on March 7 by cabin crew who requested Ms Girvan be taken off the plane for being drunk and disruptive.

But things turned violent when she refused to get off voluntarily while police said she was clearly intoxicated and was talking over police as they tried to explain the situation to her.

When they tried to get her out of seat 6C, she snorted: "You'll regret doing that to me" and warned them, "I'm going nowhere".

She then punched one cop in the face, knocking his glasses to the ground, and when told she was being arrested, she shouted "big deal".


Belfast International Airport

Belfast International Airport

Belfast International Airport

Unlike the aircraft, which was stuck on the tarmac due to her behaviour, Girvan's airplane rage really took off when police had to physically move her from the flight.

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She smashed another cop in the face with her forearm and knocked another off balance while telling one "you f***ing ugly tw*t".

She continued her outrageous tirade as she was taken off the plane and lunged at one of the officers with "considerable force", knocking her against the aircraft and knocking her body camera off her armour.

After breaking free and lying across passengers in the front row, she was taken off the plane but kicked back on the steps, sending a police officer flying on to the tarmac, injuring their head and back.

The prosecutor explained she was eventually handcuffed but continued to be abusive in the police van and police had to use limb restraints.

Her defence barrister said part of the problem was the fact the plane had been delayed, meaning she had consumed even more alcohol.

He accepted his client had been guilty of "deplorable behaviour" and that she had been a "hair's breadth" from going to prison when the judge had "generously" allowed her time to address her mental health and alcohol problems.

He said since then she had been "doing really well" and had engaged fully with probation and enjoyed working with them.

The judge told her to stand and explained he'd almost sent her to jail but had given her a "chance to mend your ways and you have complied".

He said: "I will leave the threat of prison hanging over your head to give you an incentive to behave."

He jailed her for five months but suspended it for three years and ordered her to pay a fine of £200 plus the offender's levy.

Last summer, just after Pauline Girvan pleaded guilty at the same court, we spoke to her at her home to give her an opportunity to explain her actions.

She refused to confirm her identity, demanding to know who we were and why we wanted to speak to Pauline Girvan.

And then when we told her who we were she snorted: "Well you should have started with that," before slamming the door shut.

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