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?