A British charity boss and her daughter are facing up to two years jail after they started a drunken mid-air ‘riot’ on board a passenger jet as they were flying out on holiday to Morocco.
Karin Parkes, 56, and former civil servant Carrie Parkes, 34, triggered a ‘full on fight’ on the January 19 easyJet flight from Manchester last year after they were told off by cabin crew for swearing after downing wine and duty free pink gin.
The brawl, involving up to 20 men at 30,000 feet, took place in front of terrified staff who desperately tried to calm the two women down in front of 186 passengers.
Despite the attempts of staff however, mother-of-two Carrie stuck her fingers in her ears and said: ‘I’m not listening to that vile c***.’
A cabin manager also urged the group to refrain from using bad language but was told: ‘You can f*** off you c***. Do what the f*** you want I’m not a****. We will see what happens.’
The captain of the aircraft which was flying from Manchester to the Moroccan city of Agadir eventually had to divert to Casablanca after staff told him the rear of the cabin where the group were sitting was ‘out of control.’
At Manchester magistrates court Karin Parkes, 56, (left, outside court) and former civil servant Carrie Parkes, 34, (right, outside court) were convicted of being drunk on an aircraft after a district judge condemned them over the ‘horrific and chaotic’ atmosphere on the plane
The pair (Carrie Parkes is pictured) were granted unconditional bail but will be sentenced next month by a crown court judge who will have powers to impose tougher sentences
During the mayhem Karin Parkes who is a manager for charitable organisation One Fylde, which provides home care for the disabled, swung a punch at a steward.
And Carrie had to be forcibly held down by other passengers after she demanded to use the toilet when the plane was coming into land.
A virtually empty one litre bottle of Gordon’s Pink Gin and empty bottles of vodka were found near their seats.
The pair, both from Blackpool, Lancashire, were later detained by police after being booed off of the plane by other passengers.
At Manchester magistrates court both women were convicted of being drunk on an aircraft after a district judge condemned them over the ‘horrific and chaotic’ atmosphere on the plane.
Karin was also convicted of assault and a third passenger Jonathan Thomas, 36, also from Blackpool was convicted of being drunk on an aircraft.
All were granted unconditional bail but will be sentenced next month by a crown court judge who will have powers to impose tougher sentences. The trio who denied wrongdoing have since been banned from easyJet flights for ten years.
The incident took place after flight EZ1905 took off at 3.30pm from Terminal One, Manchester.
Originally Karin was supposed to be going with her partner, Thomas and another a work colleague but Carrie joined them last minute after the colleague dropped out due to illness.
The incident took place after easyJet flight EZ1905 took off on January 19 last year from Terminal One, Manchester (pictured, Carrie Parkes, left, with mother Karin)
While waiting to board the daughter bought the pink gin in a duty free store before she and her mother later began consuming it at the rear of the aircraft and talking animatedly to a party of 14 men who were thought to be heading out on a ‘boys-only’ holiday.
Cabin manager Liam Dickson said: ‘There were people at the back being loud and using bad language.
‘I addressed this an hour into the flight but as I turned away I heard abuse being thrown at me – I knew it was daughter’s voice because I had just been talking to her.
‘I said there is no need to speak to me like that but she wasn’t interested – I could tell she had had a few drinks.
‘Her mother was trying to control her trying to knock her on the arm saying “don’t speak to him like that” and initially it did reassure me.
‘But later there was more commotion and there was a couple of bags of alcohol being removed which they had been consuming on board the plane.
‘It was very rowdy at this point there was a lot of swearing going on.’
‘I was trying to calm everyone down but there was now people stood up, there was bad language they were still being really abusive towards the crew.
‘The mother did listen but the daughter didn’t and when I came back down said “Here’s that vile c..t again”‘.
A virtually empty one litre bottle of Gordon’s Pink Gin and empty bottles of vodka were found near the seats of mother and daughter Carrie and Karin Parkes on the flight (pictured, Carrie Parkes with mother Karin, left)
Mr Dickson also revealed how the group had brought a speaker on board the flight and were playing music that was ‘quite loud’. He told them they needed to switch it off and refused to serve them any more alcohol.
But by this point the group were getting ‘louder and louder’ and Mr Dickson could ‘smell alcohol’ on the mother.
He said: ‘The daughter was with two men beside her and she was punching the seats. Her eyes were glazed she was very red in the face. she was trying to kneel on the seat but kept falling back.
‘Then the mother started coming towards me she was staggering towards me and again I could smell alcohol.
‘Her words were “You’ve got no duty of care for my daughter” and she did actually put her fists up towards me I managed to step back her knuckles did catch the right side of my jaw. She was very close. She was just out of control.