A Newcastle court recently heard the case of a drunk passenger who admitted to committing a dangerous offence when he stole life jackets from an easyJet aircraft.
On February 04, Alexander Bolam was flying from Bristol to Newcastle after getting hammered on 10 bottles of beer.
When the plane arrived at Newcastle Airport, the 23-year-old jokester thought it would be a hoot to take four life jackets from underneath the nearby seats as souvenirs from his flight. He stuffed the life jackets into his backpack and left the aircraft.
Flight attendants soon noticed the missing items when they were checking under the seats before the next flight. They reported the theft to the police, who were able to track down the thief at his home the next day. When they arrived, the life jackets were in the man’s room and there was no hiding them as they had already been inflated. Oopsie!
Bolam has been having a rough go of it lately. Apparently he was on a suspended sentence for harrassing a neighbour by spraying an offensive word on her doorstep and repeatedly kicking down her door before assaulting two police officers in December.
His attorney defended Bolam by saying that he suffered from mental health issues for which he was currently taking an anti-depressant, counselling and therapy. She added that while the unemployed man was under the influence and has since realized
that beer and anti-depressants don’t mix the err of his ways, he aspires to gain qualifications to work on a construction site or join the armed forces.
Not only did the judge fine the man £250 and extend his suspended sentence, he didn’t hold back when telling Bolam what he really thought of him. Judge Earl said “It concerns me you put public safety at risk.
“I’m also deeply concerned about you trying to join the armed forces, but that’s a different issue.
“Giving you a loaded weapon frankly causes me even more concern.
Bolam has been given a second chance. The judge warned him that if he didn’t clean up his act he will be sent to prison. Hopefully he can pull it together.