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Air Rage Yob Jailed

Old 18th Apr 2001, 15:19
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Just been announced that Steven Handy, who bottled the Airtours girl has been given a four years sentence in a Spanish prison and ordered to pay several thousand pounds compensation (6000). His defence was that 'he was so drunk he shouldn't have been allowed on board'!

Congratulations to the court, but commiserations to the Spanish folk who have to keep this animal locked up at their expense!

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Old 18th Apr 2001, 15:31
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This is Good news !

Now he will be able to devote his time learning more about his recently aquired thirst for biblical knowledge.

I hope the lady in question receives all the support and friendship she needs to help her come to terms with the trauma that must still live with her as a result of this vicious attack.

The compensation is a token gesture that will pay for a holiday. Nothing will ever "compensate" her for this experience.
 
Old 18th Apr 2001, 15:50
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Very good result - hope he doesn't get transferred to a UK jail & get an "automatic" 1/3 off his sentence for good behaviour.
 
Old 18th Apr 2001, 16:28
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VIVA Espania!
 
Old 18th Apr 2001, 16:28
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GREAT NEWS!

Hanging's too good for him.

I wonder what the outcome would have been if he was tried in a British court?
 
Old 18th Apr 2001, 17:16
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Hopefully he'd have got the same treatment. Nobody has the right to assault someone with a bottle.

If you can't hold your drink, or don't know when to stop, or just "get violent" after a few bevvies, go on the wagon

Hosties, bus conductors, shop assistants, quiet drinkers and barstaff in the local pubs deserve protection from this sort of thing.

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Old 18th Apr 2001, 17:45
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Good.
 
Old 18th Apr 2001, 18:23
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What extremely good news.
I wouldn't go so far as to hope that someone does the same to him in jail, but it might happen? He could reflect on how it feels to be assaulted.
 
Old 18th Apr 2001, 19:33
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Excellent news. Let's hope 4 years MEANS 4 years in Spain and no early parole - that should give him time to reflect on what he's done.

Let's hope the lady concerned can put this behind her and get on with her life now, with as few mental and physical scars as possible - I'm sure all Ppruners wish her the very best.
 
Old 18th Apr 2001, 19:52
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http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_260213.html?menu=

An airline stewardess has spoken of her delight after a drunken British tourist who smashed a bottle into her face was jailed for
more than four years.

Fiona Weir will now sue travel company Airtours International and legal proceedings are expected to get under way in the next two weeks.

Steven Handy, who was originally from London, was jailed for four years and two months and ordered by a court in Malaga to pay 6,000 to his 33-year-old victim.

He left Ms Weir, from Wimbledon, south-west London, lying in a pool of blood after the assault on an Airtours flight from Gatwick to Malaga in October 1998.

Ms Weir said that she would now concentrate on continuing her career in the travel business. "I am delighted by the sentence," she said.

"Steven Handy's conviction and prison sentence sends out the strongest message to date on behalf of passengers and air cabin crew that criminal behaviour on board an aircraft will not be tolerated and will be dealt with by the full force of the law.

"The last two and half years have been an extremely traumatic experience for me and I have suffered both physically and mentally, as well as financially as a direct result of the attack by Steven Handy on me while I was working as a member of the senior cabin crew for Airtours in October 1998.

"Although I tried to return to work after the assault the emotional and physical scars caused by the attack are still healing."

She continued: "I call for all airlines and governments to cooperate and establish methods to ensure that no air crew or passengers' lives are put at risk like this ever again.

"I hope now, with this criminal case behind me, I can go on to rebuild my career and campaign to ensure that the threat of aterrifying incident like this never happens again. I can now concentrate on my civil legal case against Airtours."
 
Old 18th Apr 2001, 20:04
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Good news re. Mr Handy!
But what exactly is miss Weir sueing Airtours for?
 
Old 18th Apr 2001, 20:05
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GREAT !!

When will the Brits, who are supposed to have the fairest justice system in the world,get the message.
Its the perpetrator who deserves the sentence - not the victim.

Come on, Jack Straw. Get your finger out.


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Old 18th Apr 2001, 20:23
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MCRIT...

You read my mind, Why should Aitours be sued?
Did they smash a bottle in her face?
I think it is a crying shame the employer gets hammered again. May this case have something to do with Airtours having more money than that disgusting little retard (Mr Handy).
Should have tried to get him for terrorism ( taking control of an aircraft with menace or violence) - now that would have been a laugh...Life sentence - no parole.

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Old 18th Apr 2001, 20:41
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Pity it's only 4 years!

I was just wondering, as this attack happened on a UK flagged aircraft( I presume), why has ths CAA not brought this idiot to court as well, under the Act, something like endangering the safety of the plane, being intoxicated etc, etc, and throw the book at him when he is released from the spanish jail.

I wonder how much it would cost to bribe the spanish to accidently lose the keys to his cell.
 
Old 18th Apr 2001, 21:28
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Like all law abiding passengers I am delighted that the Spaniards have given this scumbag 4 years. As I understand it their prisons are NOT the holiday camps some of ours are but spartan establishments without colour TV, gyms etc and four years mean four years there. Jolly good, I hope he lives out all the experiences his foul behaviour towards the Stewardess has earned for him, (what's the Spanish for "shower love" por favor?). I saw his picture on the TV, he looks a thug, the sort of thing better found in the bottom of a toilet methinks.
 
Old 18th Apr 2001, 23:01
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He deserves all he gets....hopefully he will get 'bottled' himself in his new found home.

Lets hope so....!!
 
Old 18th Apr 2001, 23:20
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While I whole-heartedly support the Spanish court, and the unfortunate Hostie who suffered having a bottle broken in her face, 2 questions:

Why did it take over 2 years for the court procedures (and will the 4 years sentence be reduced by this time?)

What did Airtours do wrong, to be taken to court for this?

If any of us sees (as pax) this sort of thing developing, hopefully we'll be supported in "assisting to restrain the nutter"

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Old 18th Apr 2001, 23:40
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A good result for CC everywhere.
But my sympathy for the lady in question diminished greatly when I read
<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" size="2">"I can now concentrate on my civil legal case against Airtours."</font>
Here we go again.
 
Old 19th Apr 2001, 00:06
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I have no idea what the facts are in this case however I presume that any civil action would be on the basis of legal advice.

If this criminal behaviour had been perpetrated on another passenger, I would imagine a suit would have been brought against the carrier on the basis that it had a duty to protect the passenger (victim) from harm. I imagine the employee can expect similar protection.

There is little doubt that this lady has suffered trauma. Why is she not entitled to seek financial recompense in accordance with the advice she receives ?
 
Old 19th Apr 2001, 03:31
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Virgin,

I've flown with Fiona about 18 months ago; choosing my words extremely carefully, can I add that she left Airtours very shortly after this incident, and from her side of the story may have legitimate grievance with the way she was handled by the company post-incident..

I can't write any more, as it will be sub-judice, but am 100% behind her on this legal course of action, and would do exactly the same were I in her position. As, I suspect you would too if you heard the details from her perspective.

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