Groom missed his own stag after party kicked off flight following drunken brawl
A groom missed his own stag party after two of his friends had a drunken brawl at the airport.
The group were kicked off the flight from East Midlands to Alicante after the fight broke out on the tarmac.
Jake Hawkins and nine of his friends had been drinking at the airport, reports Leicestershire Live.
The 24-year-old, who was due to get married to the mother of his two children after the holiday, had already boarded when a member of the ground staff ordered him off the plane because of the brawl at the bottom of the boarding staircase.
Self-employed building maintenance worker Hawkins, who had used his own money to pay for some of his friends to join him on the trip, demanded the eight of them who had not been fighting should be allowed to fly to Spain.
But the airport staff said no and called the police.
After shouting and swearing at the airport ground staff, he turned his attention to the Leicestershire Police officers who arrived.
One police officer said he was “dancing around in a rage” and acting as though under the influence of drugs.
Meanwhile, other passengers, including a couple with young children, looked on in shock.
All 10 from the stag party were kept off the plane, and the flight on the afternoon of October 4 last year left without them.
At Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, Hawkins admitted using threatening behaviour with intent to cause airport staff and police officers harassment, alarm or distress.
The court heard no-one else in the stag group was charged with an offence.
Prosecutor Michael Cole told the court: “This should have been a happy time for the defendant. He was going to Alicante with his friends. It was a stag do and he was the stag.
“But as they boarded the plane a fight broke out between members of his group. There’s nothing to suggest he has anything to do with that fight.
“They were all taken off before the flight left. It was delayed and it would have caused knock-on effects, causing disruption to people at the airport generally.
“He became angry in his demeanour towards staff and that continued until police arrived.
“It was foul language and general aggression.”
Ian Pridham, representing Hawkins, of Blyth Road, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, said his client’s recollections were “a blur” but he read from the police officer’s statement to the court.
Mr Pridham said: “He says Mr Hawkins became extremely irate and was shouting and swearing and danced around in a rage.
“He says the anger was towards the situation and he did not make verbal threats.”
Mr Pridham said his client was a hard-working father of two and was remorseful.
He told the court: “Mr Hawkins deeply regrets the outburst. He is ashamed of that.
“He had looked forward to this weekend and he had booked it and paid for it but lost everything because two of his party acted like idiots.”
Mr Pridham said his client had not been on drugs but might have appeared that way to the police officer because he suffers from ADHD.
He said: “Everyone was in high spirits. Perhaps in hindsight they shouldn’t have drunk at the airport beforehand but they did.
“Unbeknownst to him, the high spirits amongst his group boiled over.
“You have before you a very hard-working young man with a huge amount of responsibility on his shoulders.
“He’s paying his way and not relying on the state.”
The chairman of the bench, Stephen Bryan, told Hawkins: “People don’t want to go to the airport to see people screaming and shouting at airport staff and police officers.
“To have to deal with a group of yobs having a fight is not acceptable to them or us.
“You should feel ashamed and your friends should too.
“Serious alarm was caused. The pilot decided he didn’t want you and any of your friends onboard.”
He said that although a prison sentence was within the magistrates’ powers, they recognised Hawkins had not started the incident but only become “aggressively embroiled afterwards”.
Hawkins was given a 12-month community order with 140 hours of unpaid work and 10 rehabilitation days of working with probation.
He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £90 victim surcharge.
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