Prior to December 19, 2012, Damian Kington had “never in his life tried to headbutt someone.” Then he boarded a flight out of JFK bound for London, washed a Xanax and a few Ambiens down with “four or five small bottles of wine,” and this happened:

In his statement to gardaí, captain and commander of the aircraft, Mike Jones said that Mr Kington was cursing and swearing in the galleyway after been given a written warning that he must remain in his seat and stop his unruly behaviour. Captain Jones told gardaí Mr Kington swore at him, pushed him and tried to headbutt him. The captain said it took two people to restrain the defendant. He said: “At this point I considered him a serious risk to passengers and to the safety of the flight.” Mr Kington was put in handcuffs and was secured to his seat with nylon straps. The captain said that the flight was one-and-a-half hours out from Shannon, Ireland when the disruption became serious.

Solicitor for Mr Kington, Una Moylan said that her client has no recollection of the incident on the flight whatsoever and was mortified and devastated when she read out the garda statements to him. She said: “He describes himself as a very gentle soul and told me that he had never in his life tried to headbutt someone before and this is completely out of character for him. He is mortified and genuinely remorseful.” […] She said that her client heads up a marketing team for a high profile investment company and any conviction would have serious ramifications for him.

Can we start over?

Flight diverted to Shannon due to unruly passenger [RTE]

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  1. Posted by Guest | January 2, 2013 at 1:25 PM


  2. Posted by Guest | January 2, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    "high profile investment company "?

    Atleast we know he's not one of ours


  3. Posted by Fellow Fetishist | January 2, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Tell me more about these nylon straps.

    – Jeff G.

  4. Posted by Guest | January 2, 2013 at 1:45 PM


    -M. Sanchez

  5. Posted by Durr | January 2, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Who Mike Jones? Who Mike Jones? Who Mike Jones? Who Mike Jones?

  6. Posted by TCW | January 2, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    I know what you refer to – but would be surprised if many others do given that was like late 90s!

  7. Posted by CDO-Guy | January 2, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Liquidnet?? WTF are they? not sure they qualify as "high profile investment company"

  8. Posted by guest | January 2, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    "We're not perfect," Seth Merrin, founder and CEO of the trading-network operator, said Friday in an interview with The Wall Street Journal in which he called the company "completely transparent." He added: "That means we have to tell [members] the good and the bad."

  9. Posted by CDO-Guy | January 2, 2013 at 1:52 PM


  10. Posted by Coach | January 2, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    No, Mark. Not "head in butt". "Headbutt" is a totally different action.

  11. Posted by CDO-Guy | January 2, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Oh come on, TCW's legendary! Not only the trou-drop, let's not forget all the 'office toys' another recent alum had (and I don't mean lucites!).

  12. Posted by CDO-Guy | January 2, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Hmmmm….. "The New York-based firm uses software to match up anonymously investors looking …"

    Bring on the nylon straps!

  13. Posted by Guesticle | January 2, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    It is a network of angel investors focusing on big data driven, green, social media startups in the alcoholic beverages industry.

  14. Posted by No More Drinky | January 2, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Amateur… wit:


    A few years ago on a United Airlines flight from Buenos Aires to New York, Gerard B. Finneran, an investment banker, went totally bonkers. Newspaper accounts said that after becoming intoxicated, Finneran demanded more alcohol from the flight attendants. When they refused, he began helping himself to the liquor supply. After being cut off a second time, he became visibly angry. He pushed one flight attendant (federal offense No. 1), verbally threatened another (federal offense No. 2), interfered with a third who was assisting a sick passenger (federal offense No. 3), then walked up to the first-class cabin, dropped his pants and defecated on a service cart in plain view of the passengers and crew. Then he stepped in his own feces and tracked it through the main cabin (federal offense Nos. 4, 5 and possibly 6).

    Finneran was arrested upon landing in New York. He subsequently pleaded guilty to assault and was sentenced to two years probation. In addition, he was given 300 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine and was ordered to pay more than $50,000 in restitution to the airline and to reimburse fellow passengers for the price of their tickets.

  15. Posted by LiveStrong | January 2, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    As a result of the tragic JFK-London flight circumstances in which one of our pilots was almost headbutted, we will no longer be featuring Gangs of New York as in-cabin entertainment due to the Bill The Butcher head-butting scene. Instead, we will be featuring Jules Jordan's Weapons of Ass Destruction as this appears to have a more soothing effect on other similar employees of the same firm who fly with us.

    – CEO, American Airlines

  16. Posted by Guestulus | January 2, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Now that was a shitty flight!

  17. Posted by Long Pen15 Club | January 2, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Merely a smiling visitor here to share the love (:, btw outstanding pattern. “Justice is always violent to the party offending, for every man is innocent in his own eyes.” by Daniel Defoe. Best to view this Dealbreaker with Windows 95 or better. When it comes to big beautiful woman I know I can trust this site. Marketing was always a fun course in college

  18. Posted by Guest | January 2, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    He's on to something. If his clients slurped up that type of cocktail on the desk, I bet he'd see more crossings.

  19. Posted by Guest | January 2, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Perhaps he works at place called Ram Capital, where head butting is the preferred way to settle disputes?

  20. Posted by PermaGuestII | January 2, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Finneran was an alchoholic; also, this was the first onset of the Alzheimers that eventually killed him…

  21. Posted by Jugdish | January 2, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Liquidnet, the premier institutional investment community, today announced
    that Damian Kington has been named Head of Global Marketing at Liquidnet
    responsible for the development, oversight, and implementation of the global
    marketing plans for Liquidnet and its related businesses in North America,
    Europe and Asia. He will report directly to Alfred Eskandar, Head of U.S.

  22. Posted by guest | January 2, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    The fuck?

  23. Posted by Ad Age | January 2, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Well, he certainly got the "Liquid" part, uh, down.

  24. Posted by Flo | January 2, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Thanks for bringing that up man. You know my parents died when I was ten, would you like to talk about that?

  25. Posted by Guest | January 2, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Phew this article has been uscathed by "cramer"

  26. Posted by DSK | January 2, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    From linked in:

    Damian Kington
    Global Head of Marketing at Liquidnet
    New York, New York (Greater New York City Area) Financial Services

  27. Posted by no_especifica | January 3, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Long Pen15 Club = alias for Jeff Macke.

  28. Posted by broseph | January 3, 2013 at 1:35 AM
  29. Posted by guest | January 3, 2013 at 8:23 AM


    -Car People

  30. Posted by Ping | January 3, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Is this club accepting new members?

  31. Posted by Mike Jones | January 3, 2013 at 9:05 AM


  32. Posted by no_especifica | January 3, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Thank you for helping me dismiss this entire game as idiocy!

  33. Posted by Guesticle | January 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Get back to fucking work. Doesn't your uncle, the prince, need money from Americans to secure his vast oil rights, good sir?

  34. Posted by guest | January 3, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Dude, the "Pen15" joke wasn't even funny in elementary school

  35. Posted by Fixed it | January 3, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Damian Kington
    Experienced Financial Services Professional
    New York, New York (Greater New York City Area) Financial Services

  36. Posted by guest | January 3, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    When felony assault and public defecation are involved, "alcoholic" is sort of by definition, isn't it?

  37. Posted by sohbet | May 12, 2013 at 7:06 PM