Abusive passenger who had to be restrained by off-duty police sentenced

By Lisa James
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A drunk passenger who had to be restrained by three off-duty police when he became abusive to his own family and cabin crew has been given a suspended sentence.

Edgars Emsins, 36, was flying to Gatwick from Tenerife with Wizz Air on March 14 after consuming a large amount of rum in the airport, Sussex Police said.

Police said his behaviour included being aggressive towards his family and cabin crew, as well as attempting to headbutt the officers who stepped in to assist cabin crew.

The officers helped the crew restrain Mr Emsins and keep him apart from other passengers until the plane landed at North Terminal.

The following day, Mr Emsins, of no fixed address, admitted three counts of assault by beating and one count of being drunk on board an aircraft.

He was sentenced this week to a 16-week suspended prison sentence with £85 costs and a £154 victim surcharge.

Detective Sergeant Ian Warncken from Gatwick CID said: “Emsins’ behaviour was completely unacceptable.

“Cabin crew and fellow air passengers should not have to put up with drunk and abusive behaviour on board an aircraft.

“The three off-duty officers showed great professionalism to safely detain him, so that he could be immediately arrested.

“This case is a warning about the dangers of consuming alcohol before boarding flights, and demonstrates our determination to catch offenders who are drunk on board.”

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