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Pauline Girvan (50) pleaded guilty to behaving in a 'threatening, abusive, manner' and assaulting two police officers

Pauline Girvan (50) pleaded guilty to behaving in a 'threatening, abusive, manner' and assaulting two police officers

Pauline Girvan, 50, pleaded guilty to behaving in a 'threatening, abusive, manner' and assaulting two police officers

Pauline Girvan, 50, pleaded guilty to behaving in a 'threatening, abusive, manner' and assaulting two police officers

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Pauline Girvan (50) pleaded guilty to behaving in a 'threatening, abusive, manner' and assaulting two police officers

This is the air rage loon who floored a cop with a sliding tackle more fitting in the Euro football championships!

Pauline Girvan - pictured here for the first time - pleaded guilty to a shocking air rage incident which took place at Belfast International Airport and included assaulting two police officers.

It's understood one of those assaults occurred when gobby Girvan was being taken off the plane and launched a 'studs-up' tackle on a cop in front of her - sweeping their feet from under them and sending them sprawling.

She 'kicked-off' on a Ryanair flight which was due to fly to Malaga but had been delayed.

Sources say she became irate when cabin crew refused to serve her a drink.

Last week, we confronted Girvan at her new address in Gordonstown Avenue, Larne.

Cheekily she refused to confirm her identity, demanding to know who we were and why we wanted to speak to her.

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

We wanted to give her the opportunity to explain her shocking behaviour so we left her our phone number and invited her to contact us but she didn't respond.

The 50-year-old made an 11th-hour guilty plea to a series of charges connected to the incident in March last year. Girvan was just about to go on trial at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, when defence counsel Michael Boyd said the case "has been resolved".

With Girvan appearing by videolink from another room in the courthouse, Mr Boyd confirmed the defendant was entering guilty pleas to two charges of assaulting police officers, using disorderly behaviour at Belfast International Airport and behaving in a "threatening, abusive, insulting or disorderly manner towards a member of the crew of an aircraft," all committed on March 7 last year.

The prosecution withdrew a charge accusing Girvan of failing to obey the lawful command of a pilot.

The prosecution lawyer said he was offering no evidence in connection with a charge that Girvan resisted a police officer in the execution of his duty and that charge was dismissed by District Judge Nigel Broderick.

None of the circumstances surrounding the charges has been opened in court but the offences have previously been described as "an air rage-type incident".

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But sources have told the Sunday World Girvan had kicked off when she had been refused a drink.

"The plane had been delayed and had been sitting on the tarmac for a long time," said a source.

"The cabin crew had actually called the police to deal with another man on the same plane because he was becoming angry at the delay.

"He calmed down but Pauline then started up because cabin crew refused to serve her a drink. The police were asked to intervene and she was removed from the plane.

"However, she initially refused to stand up when the police asked her to and it got a bit messy. She made a complete show of herself."

But as she was being taken off the plane she made matters worse when she went for the cop in front of her.

"Whilst being offloaded down the steps, she sweeps the feet from under a police officer, causing them both to fall to the runway.

"The police hauled her up and slapped the handcuffs on her at that point and took her away. She obviously missed her flight to Spain - I'm sure she doesn't think that drink was worth it now."

Girvan, formerly with an address in east Belfast but now living in Larne, was freed on bail and Judge Broderick adjourned passing sentence until July 27, ordering a pre-sentence probation report to be compiled in the meantime.

Last October, Derry woman Sarah McGuire landed herself in trouble when she refused to wear a mask on a flight and coughed on cabin crew during an air rage incident.

McGuire had been verbally abusive to EasyJet staff and coughed over passengers while shouting "everyone f***ing dies".

McGuire, from Tyrconnell Street in Derry, entered guilty pleas to charges of common assault, behaving in a threatening, abusive or insulting manner towards a member of aircraft crew, and refusing to obey the lawful command of an aircraft commander.

She also admitted using disorderly behaviour at Belfast International Airport.

It emerged during her sentence hearing her young son was tragically killed in a road collision and proceedings had come to a conclusion in the High Court in the days leading up to the incident.

Taking that into account, her sentence was deferred by a judge until October.

Meanwhile, a third woman is facing criminal charges connected to an air rage incident last December.

The Jet2 flight from Belfast International to Gran Canaria was forced to land at Manchester Airport "due to an incident on-board involving a disruptive passenger".

The Sunday World understands the woman came from Belfast and is facing prosecution in Manchester where the plane was forced to land.

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