Drunken yob, 20, caused holiday jet take-off to be aborted after foul-mouthed rant
Kodie Richardson (pictured outside court in Manchester)
A drunken yob caused a holiday jet take-off to be aborted after she and her mother were kicked off the plane following a foul-mouthed rant.
Kodie Richardson’s outburst terrified fellow passengers on board a Thomas Cook Airlines flight about to set off from Manchester Airport for Turkey, a court heard.
It prompted the captain to abort the scheduled departure, turn back to the terminal and ask police to remove the 20-year-old, and her drunken mother, Kelly Meadowcroft.
Richardson refused to leave her seat before abusing and attacking three police officers who boarded the aircraft to remove her, kicking one in the face.
Both mother and daughter are facing jail sentences, with Richardson already having one caution for theft on her record, and her mother having 52 crimes to her name.
The drama started moments before Thomas Cook Airlines flight MT354 to Antalya in Turkey had pushed back from Terminal 1 at about 7.45pm on September 11, last year.
Kodie Richardson’s outburst terrified fellow passengers on board a Thomas Cook Airlines flight about to set off from Manchester Airport for Turkey (Richardson pictured outside court, above)
After taking her seat, Richardson asked fellow passengers for a cigarette and threatened to knock out one crew member while she and her 38-year-old mother, both from the Wythenshawe area of Manchester, were seen swigging from an open bottle of duty free spirit and had disrupted the safety briefing.
Richardson aimed a tirade of foul-mouthed abuse at police when they were called, upsetting fellow passengers and leaving a six-year-old girl – and even one member of the cabin crew – in tears.
Richardson (pictured above) is said to have developed a drinking problem in order to cope with family bereavements
Prosecutor Haseeb Yousaf told Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court today that the captain decided to turn the aircraft around as it taxied towards the runway and radioed for police officers to remove two passengers because of their ‘unruly behaviour and drunkenness’.
When the aircraft returned to the stand, officers boarded and asked passengers not to take footage as they tried to remove the two women.
But ‘very drunk’ Richardson began to scream at the police officers, refusing to leave her seat while her also inebriated mother ‘struggled to put a sentence together’, the court was told.
Richardson, who was ‘lashing out and thrashing around’, was eventually removed from her seat and taken out of the rear of the plane where she continued to be abusive after being handcuffed and resisted attempts to load her into the cage at the rear of a police van.
Her mother had been ‘unsteady on her feet and was slurring her words’, said Mr Yousaf.
Three police constables were hurt as Richardson lashed out, with one officer suffering a cut lip after being kicked in the face while a second suffered a deep cut to a finger.
The court heard the abuse continued in the back of the police van, with Richardson telling officers: ‘You f***ing bitch. I will make sure you are crying you f***ing c***.’
Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court (pictured above) heard that Richardson had apologised to officers after being arrested
Delayed, the flight was able to resume its journey to Turkey – minus the mother and daughter.
When she was finally interviewed at the airport police station, apologetic Richardson told officers ‘I’m sorry’ and claimed she hadn’t intended to assault the officers.
Police bodycam footage was played to the court, showing Richardson’s rant at the police officers.
Frequently screaming and shouting, she is heard to tell them: ‘I’ve not done nothing wrong. I’m not getting off. With all due respect, I’m going to Turkey and my dad has just died. I want to go away. I want to go on my holiday.’
Richardson (pictured above) admitted entering an aircraft when drunk
As police struggled to remove her, she was heard to scream: ‘Get off me. I’ve not done nothing wrong. Why are you doing it? Get off me now… You’re nasty. I want to go home. Listen, listen… you are hurting me.’
She is then heard screaming: ‘Take those f***ing things off me. I want my mum. You are hurting me. You f***ing bitch.’
Defending Richardson, Huw Edwards told the court his client’s remorse was ‘genuine’.
The court heard his client was ‘articulate and cogent’ and that she had apologised as soon as she was interviewed by officers.
‘This was clearly out of character,’ said Mr Edwards, who added his client has suffered ‘difficulties’ in her life.
Her father had died ‘in tragic circumstances’ in 2016 and her grandfather had also passed away, he said.
Mr Edwards told the court his client, when abusing one member of the cabin crew, had blasted ‘your perfect life with your mum and dad’.
She had been ‘binge drinking’ to cope with the bereavements and was an alcoholic, he said.
Toby Wilbraham, defending Meadowcroft, said his client, who was said to have been ‘obnoxious’ on the plane, had issues with drink and drugs from the age of 16.
The court heard Meadowcroft, who walks with the aid of sticks because of nerve damage to her legs, felt guilt over her own parenting and had decided at the last minute to join her daughter when her daughter’s friends, concerned at how Richardson might behave, pulled out.
Judge Savill will sentence the pair on Wednesday morning. He remanded the pair, who had been on bail, in custody overnight until sentencing, warning them they could be jailed.
Meadowcroft, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to entering an aircraft when drunk at an earlier hearing.
Richardson, 20, of no fixed abode, admitted entering an aircraft when drunk, racially aggravated harassment, three counts of assaulting police and also using threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour.