A drunk holidaymaker who admitted assaulting his partner, another passenger and
a member of cabin crew on a flight from Cyprus has been jailed.
Christou, of Rhydynos Street in Blaenavon, Gwent, also tried to open the emergency
door during the flight. He was jailed for 11 months at Bristol Crown Court on Thursday.
The ‘petrifying incident’ happened when Christou was a passenger on a flight from
Larnaca, Cyprus, to Bristol last September. Catherine Flint, prosecuting, said Christou
and his girlfriend Sinead were returning from visiting his estranged father and he bought
a bottle of whisky at the airport.
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The couple started arguing shortly after boarding. Christou hit Sinead in the face and
she asked to be moved. Miss Flint said: ‘Mr Christou was moved to the back of the plane
and it was explained to him why. ‘He became very abusive and was abusive to his
girlfriend in English and Greek.
He was absolutely enraged and was described as being 11 out of 10 angry.’
Christou ignored the ‘wear seatbelt’ sign, threatened to bite a woman’s finger off,
and narrowly missed when swinging a bag at a cabin crew member, the court heard.
He then tried to open the back door of the aircraft, uttered vile abuse including a
homophobic slur in Greek, spat at but missed a passenger, and threw soap and tissue at
his girlfriend. Miss Flint said the captain sped up the flight and police were on hand when
it landed. Upon arrival Christou was arrested and attempted to chew his way through
handcuffs, injuring his mouth. He then spat blood in the police vehicle, which had to be
deep cleaned at a cost of £107.