Thursday, March 07, 2019

Irish lawyer admits assault, racist tirade on Air India flight

An Irish lawyer spat at a flight attendant during a racist rant after she was refused alcohol as she flew business class from India to London.

Simone O’Broin (50), known as Simone Burns, was initially served three bottles of wine but declared “I’m a f****** international lawyer” when she was denied more on Air India flight AI131 from Mumbai on November 11th, 2018.

She also called staff “Indian money-grabbing c****” and smoked a cigarette in the toilets during the tirade which left other passengers “shocked”.

O’Broin, of First Avenue, Hove, East Sussex, pleaded guilty to being drunk on an aircraft and assault by beating at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

The lawyer, described in court as an Irish national, will be sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on April 4th after magistrates said the offence was too serious for them to deal with.
Chairing the bench, Robert Della-Sala told O’Broin: “You clearly put the safety of the aircraft in jeopardy by smoking. You were disruptive to other passengers who must have found the whole experience quite shocking.

“The disruption was clearly over a long period of time, the level of racist abuse was prolonged and unwarranted — there’s no excuse for that.

“The spitting in the face must have been one of the most awful things that can happen to anybody, given the transmission of diseases.”
Belfast-born O’Broin, who trained as a lawyer in the UK, studied international law and worked for years in Palestine, was understood to be on her way home from a two month break in Goa when she was caught on film.
07/03/19 Irish Times