Man charged over incident on aircraft

Jay Woolsey.
Jay Woolsey.

A Portadown man was in court today (Tuesday, February 2) accused of being drunk and using disorderly behaviour on a plane.

Appearing at Antrim Magistrates Court in a black suit and white shirt with a blue tie, 25-year-old Jay Woolsey spoke only to confirm that he understood the six charges against him while a police constable gave evidence that he believed he could connect Woolsey to each of the allegations.

Furniture builder Woolsey, from Brownstown Park in Portadown, is accused of using disorderly behaviour at Belfast International Airport, two counts of common assault, failing to obey the lawful command of an aircraft commander which was given “for the purpose of securing the safety of the aircraft and of persons or property carried therein, being drunk on a plane and “behaving in a disorderly manner towards a member of the crew,” all alleged to have occurred on 27 November last year.

Although no facts of the case were opened in court, it is understood the charges arise after police were called on to the flight to Bristol before it took off.

At court today, Woolsey’s defence solicitor asked for the case to be adjourned for a week to allow him “to be put on his plea” and revealed that he earns £220 gross per week.

Releasing Woolsey on his own bail of £300 and granting legal aid, District Judge Alan White ordered him to come back to court next Tuesday when the charges will be put to him.