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Co Tyrone man appears in court charged with disorderly behaviour on flight from Spain

Luke Donaghy has been charged with disorderly behaviour on a plane

A CO Tyrone man has appeared in court accused of disorderly behaviour on a plane.

In addition to alleged disorderly behaviour on the Jet2 flight from Spain, 23-year-old Luke Donaghy was also charged with assaulting a female, being drunk on a plane, failing to obey the lawful command of a flight commander and using “behaviour which was abusive, threatening or insulting towards a member of the crew” on January 12 this year.

Standing in the dock of Antrim Magistrates Court, Donaghy from the Killymoon Road in Cookstown, confirmed that he understood the five charges against him while a police officer told the court she believed she connect him to each of the offences.

Defence counsel Chris Sherard said there might be “jurisdictional issues” because the plane was in flight at the time of the alleged incident and had landed in Santiago en route to Belfast.

He added that he would be writing to the Public Prosecution Service over potentially “duplicity of charges.”

Freeing Donaghy on bail, District Judge Nigel Broderick ordered him to come back to court on April 2.

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