A Jetstar passenger said to be on a “cocktail” of drugs and alcohol was reportedly challenged by ground crew at Adelaide Airport when he was unsteady on his feet and verbally abusive while walking to the plane – yet he was somehow allowed to board the flight to Darwin.
Once in flight, Andre Shaun Colls, 31, became violent and threatened crew members when they refused to serve him beer, a Darwin court has heard. He ended up handcuffed to his seat after crew and other passengers restrained him.
Colls pleaded guilty in Darwin Local Court last week to seven charges stemming from violent and threatening behaviour aboard the Jetstar flight in October last year, Darwin’s NT News reported.
Coll’s pre-flight behaviour while walking unsteadily to the plane was described by the prosecutor. When told by ground crew to stop using his mobile phone on the tarmac, Colls is said to have responded: “I paid f*cking good money actually, I’ll do what I want.”
He was then allowed to board.
Once aboard, his attitude worsened. When refused a drink he walked down the aisle to confront cabin crew: “Which one of you motherf*ckers has a problem. If you’re not going to get me a f*cking drink then I want to get off this aircraft.”
He then allegedly threatened to kill the family of a flight attendant if police were called, making other threats about stabbing and saying “I will slit you open”.
Colls’ defence lawyer said her client began taking drugs at a young age and later got into the drug meth.
Judge Alan Woodcock said the crimes were serious and Colls had a history of offending.
Colls also pleaded guilty to 11 other unrelated charges, including four of stealing, several relating to a spending spree on someone else’s credit card which he said he found, and to damaging a rental car.
The NT News reported that the court sentenced Colls to a year in prison “suspended immediately”. He has already served 70 days in jail.
Written by Peter Needham