Abusive plane rampage lands three Lismore men with a fine

THREE Lismore men who went on a drug and alcohol-fuelled rampage on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to the Gold Coast in February have been fined over their antics.

Brothers Nicholas and Mark Elvish and mate Marley Galpin faced Coolangatta Magistrates Court on Monday charged with offensive and disorderly conduct on an aircraft, interfering with cabin crew and failing to comply with directions on an aircraft.

The Australian Federal Police were told by witnesses they saw the men drinking vodka and popping sleeping pills before boarding.

Once on board the trio were handcuffed under captain's orders after unleashing a "tirade of verbal abuse and threats" against passengers, running up and down the aisles and stealing pillows and blankets from business-class passengers on the February 12 Air Asia X flight.

Federal Police facts stated the men said to passengers, "We're going to stab you in the neck and shiv you in the kidneys. We are going to teach you to respect us."

The facts stated the men threatened to get "20 of our ice-head mates to meet us out the front of the airport when we arrive to slice you all up".

The men were represented by solicitor John Weller.

Commonwealth DPP prosecutor Mr Caruana told the court there was no evidence to offer against the trio on the charges of failing to comply with directions and offensive and disorderly conduct.

Magistrate Michael Hogan dismissed those charges.

Mr Weller entered guilty pleas to the charge of interfering with a crew member.

Mr Hogan fined Galpin, 21, and Mark Elvish, 20, $1200 each, while Nicholas Elvish was fined $1000.



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