A rampaging drunk has been jailed for 11 months after foul behaviour on an Emirates flight which included rubbing wine into his private parts in front of a female flight attendant, biting a police officer, racist ranting and smashing an in-flight entertainment system.
A flight attendant said Jasbir Singh Bharaj was the “worst passenger he had ever encountered”.
The judge at Birmingham Crown Court described as “particularly grotesque” an incident in which Bharaj, who had been drinking wine mixed with vodka, dipped his fingers in his glass of wine and rubbed the liquid onto his genitals in front of a flight attendant.
“The air hostess felt abused and disgusted after seeing you touch yourself in such a sexually explicit way,” Judge Burbridge QC told Bharaj at Birmingham Crown Court.
Judge Burbridge sentenced Bharaj, who has a swag of previous convicitons, to a total of 11 months in prison for his rampage aboard the Emirates flight from Dubai to Birmingham on 16 September 2014, Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported. Bharaj was returning from Thailand where he had been to see his estranged wife.
The court heard that Bharaj, of Leicester in the English Midlands, had repeatedly used foul language on the flight, regardless of young children seated behind him, and had called a flight attendant a “f*****g bitch” and threatened to punch her in the face. He had made sexually explicit gestures to another flight attendant and had called police officers “white w*****s” as they arrested him on arrival in Birmingham.
He also repeatedly demanded more alcohol during the flight and he caused about AUD 5500 damage to Emirates in-flight entertainment equipment.
Outlining the offences for which Bharaj was being sentenced, Judge Burbridge told Bharaj: “You shouted ‘f*****g Muslims – send them back to where they came from’ and ‘f*****g ISIS”.
“When you landed you were abusive to police and bit PC Ingram on the arm.
“People need to know that if you get drunk on an airplane, upset other passengers and cause cabin crew to have a difficult job then custodial sentences apply.
“You have many previous convictions and it seems you will not learn your lesson.”
Bharaj, who is unemployed and who arrived at court on crutches, was found guilty of drunkenness on an aircraft, criminal damage, racially aggravated words and behaviour and common assault.
Bharaj’s defence counsel said Bharaj was ashamed and remorseful.
Written by Peter Needham