In what can only be viewed as a horrific incident a man sexually assaulted an 18-year-old flight attendant by sticking his hand up her skirt and then later urinating on a seat along with other serious misbehavior. His punishment? A paltry $2800 (2500 Euros).
A young flight attendant who’d only recently started working was sexually assaulted by a highly intoxicated man on a recent flight from Nice to Latvia, with stops in Stanstead and Dublin along the way.
According to reports, Arturs Nagornijs, a 41-year-old male from Latvia, was traveling to Riga from Nice France when he was observed behaving erratically. At one point, flight crews observed Nagornijs laying across the lap of an elderly woman.
When confronted by the flight crew he complied with their request but apparently did it again after they left. After the plane landed he got up and locked himself in the lavatory, before exiting only to urinate on a seat, causing about 100 Euros worth of damage.
Flight crews had difficulty communicating with the Latvian national and used Google Translate in an attempt to get him to deplane.
However, in the hubbub, Nagornijs proceeded to sexually assault one crew member, the recently hired 18-year-old flight attendant who said she felt his hand go up her skirt and between her thighs where he sexually assaulted her.
Startled, she ran down the aisle, flustered according to another report that also noted she was too distressed to work her next flight.
The man was removed from the plane by the Garda where he was taken into custody. After a brief court appearance, he was released on a bail amount of 2,000 Euros and assessed a fine of 2,500 Euros, which is approximately $2,800 US Dollars. He was also ordered to return to court.
The paltry fine irritated prosecutors who believed he was not only a flight risk, but a man of some means given his high-profile construction job.
The airline was not named.