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Drunk man held for night in cells after airport abuse

By Nevin Farrell

Police were called to Belfast International Airport to assist with a would-be passenger who was being aggressive towards staff while he was drunk at 6am.

Krzystof Swierzko (25), of Cushendall Road in Ballyvoy near Ballycastle, was intending to fly to Poland to visit his ill father, but was ejected from the airport on Monday morning because of his behaviour.

He was arrested and after spending Monday night in custody he appeared at Antrim Magistrates Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly behaviour.

A prosecutor told the court that police were called at 6.05am to assist with the removal of a passenger who was at the departure gate wanting to catch an outbound flight to Poland.

The prosecutor said the defendant had consumed too much alcohol and was "aggressive" to airport staff and police.

He was shouting and waving his arms about as he was escorted from the terminal.

When arrested he continued to act in an aggressive manner at a police custody suite, the prosecutor added.

Defence solicitor Steven Ewing said his client was travelling back to Poland to visit his ill father. He said the defendant, who has a job in Northern Ireland with a solar panel firm, had taken drink the night before and had continued drinking at the airport.

He said his client did not have much memory of what happened but wished to apologise.

The lawyer said the defendant had to spend the night in custody, but that he had entered a guilty plea at an early stage.

Deputy District Judge Peter Prenter said the type of incident "seems to be more common type behaviour" and said passengers and staff were inconvenienced.

He said the defendant was in "severe danger" of being jailed, but took into account his limited criminal record and the guilty plea.

He told Swierzko he was facing "quite serious matters", but he suspended a three-month jail term for a year.

The judge warned the defendant: "Stay out of trouble."

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