British national fined for misbehaviour on flight from United Kingdom
KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC - Danielle Bishop, the British woman, who was accused of causing a major brawl on a flight from the United Kingdom to Jamaica earlier this week, was freed on Friday when she appeared before a Corporate Area Criminal Court.
Bishop was released after government prosecutors conceded that they did not have any evidence to show that she instigated the brawl which resulted in major damage to the Virgin Atlantic aircraft.
However, the co-accused in the case, Jason Dixon, 32, pleaded guilty to malicious destruction of property and being an unruly passenger.
He was fined Dixon was fined J$50,000 (US$590) or three months' imprisonment on the charge of malicious destruction of property and J$100,000 (US$1,181) or six months' imprisonment on the charge of being an unruly passenger on a flight.
The air rage charge against him was dropped Dixon will be deported once he pays the fine.
The two British citizens were charged on Monday, after they were involved in a fight on board the Virgin Atlantic flight to Jamaica. They were charged with causing damage to the aircraft, fighting on an airplane, and disturbing the peace of passengers.
Virgin Atlantic reported that the two caused damage to the cabin to the tune of £25,000 (US$40,919).
Bishop told the court that Dixon was drinking heavily on the flight and that they got into a fuss when he began making sexual advances and grabbing her. She insisted that she was protecting herself.
Prosecutors say the evidence showed that she was trying to protect herself from Dixon, who was drunk.
When the flight landed at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA), they were both arrested and taken into police custody.
Dixon's lawyer, Charles Williams, had asked for leniency on behalf of his client, blaming his behaviour on excessive drinking.
"[Dixon's] romantic illusion was due to the amount of alcohol he had been drinking," Williams told the court, asking it to also consider the fact that Dixon was the father of a two-year-old child who depended on him for support.