A thug en route to his Malta birthday holiday who guzzled Famous Grouse whisky before grabbing a member of the cabin crew round the neck has been jailed.
Colin Smith, 51, from Hull was flying to the picturesque island from Manchester Airport, but flipped after EasyJet staffer Carley Griffith told him he couldn't go to the toilet as the plane was about to land.
“Nine out of 10 drunk” Smith stared at Griffith "vacantly" and lunged at her, wrapping both hands around her neck before she pushed him off, onto a seated passenger.
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Two other passengers managed to intervene and restrain wild Smith, who has now been jailed for six months.
Smith admitted being drunk on an aircraft and beating by assault in March last year.
The crane operator had been on a 50th birthday trip with his long term partner, Hayley Whitehand, who told cabin crew on the way off the flight: "I told him he shouldn't drink whisky.”
Smith had bought two bottles of Famous Grouse whisky in duty free and had thrown back three quarters of one.
He was arrested on landing in Manchester a week later, after catching a Jet2 flight home.
Prosecuting, Edmund Potts told the court in November, that Smith's victim was shocked by his attack.
She assumed he was getting up to use the toilet and warned him to be careful, at which point he looked at her with a 'vacant stare' before he ‘grabbed her around the neck with both hands’, he said.
“She shouted at him: ‘What are you doing? I don’t even know you!’,” Mr Potts said.
In a victim personal statement read to the court, the woman described feeling upset and anxious. She added that she was scared of further assaults in the future.
Smith was said to have six previous convictions for nine offences, and was most recently before the courts in May 2018 for an offence of battery.
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