Woman, 45, downed bottle of rum on a flight from Egypt before abusing fellow ...

Sharon O'Donoghue (pictured outside Birmingham Crown Court yesterday) had been on board a flight from Hurghada in Egypt on March 12 which had 218 passengers and two infants

Sharon O'Donoghue (pictured outside Birmingham Crown Court yesterday) had been on board a flight from Hurghada in Egypt on March 12 which had 218 passengers and two infants

A woman abused other passengers and was aggressive towards cabin crew on a Birmingham-bound plane after drinking a quarter of a bottle of rum.

Her 'appalling' behaviour reduced one elderly lady to tears.

Sharon O'Donoghue had been on board a flight from Hurghada in Egypt on March 12 which had 218 passengers and two infants.

She had initially been served a glass of wine during bar service, had appeared perfectly genial and was exchanging pleasantries with others.

There was then a duty-free service and O'Donoghue bought two one-litre bottles of Bacardi rum.

When there was a second bar service she asked for more wine but at this stage a member of the cabin crew thought she was drunk because she was stumbling.

The crew member also noticed that one of the bottles had been opened and a quarter of it was gone.

She spoke to her manager and, when they asked O'Donoghue whether she had drunk the rum, she replied: 'No, I have spilled it on my bad foot.'

Richard Franck, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said the woman then started to become aggressive, asking the manager whether she spoke Arabic or Turkish - and then replied in Turkish.

He added: 'Other passengers

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