A young woman is behind bars for attacking three police officers who removed her from a plane after the crew requested to have her ejected from the aircraft after she became abusive towards crew and passengers.
Kodie Richardson, 20, cried in the dock as she was handed ten months in a young offenders’ institution after appearing at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court on Wednesday morning.
Her mother, Kelly Meadowcroft, 38, was also sentenced to two months inside for her drunken behaviour on board the holiday flight.
A judge called their behaviour ‘disgraceful’ as he handed down their sentences.
It was reported that Richardson’s conduct aboard the aircraft terrified other passengers and families who were on board the Thomas Cook Airlines flight that was bound for Turkey.
Her conduct prompted the captain of the aircraft, who was taxiing towards the runway at the time, to abort the departure and turn back to the Manchester Airport terminal where police were waiting for the duo.
But once back at the terminal, Richardson refused to leave her seat before verbally abusing and then attacking three police officers who had boarded the plane.
During the attack on the officers, Richardson kicked one of them in the face.
Evidence that was captured on the officer’s body-worn video cameras was played to the court.
The footage showed Richardson kicking and lashing out as she was removed from the aircraft and placed into the back of a police van.
On the day of her hearing, Kodie turned up to court clutching a can of cider.
Sentencing the pair, Judge Savill told them:
“I have seen the body cam footage of what then ensued and it was a disgraceful incident.
“Richardson had ‘instigated’ the incident and it took four police officers to remove her from the jet,” said the judge.
In what the straight-talking judge described a ‘low point even by your own low standards’, Richardson assaulted the officers and screamed vile racist abuse at them.
Her mother Meadowcroft was ‘extremely drunk’ as well as swearing and shouting, although her conduct was ‘not of the same significant level’ as that of her daughter, the judge told the court.
The disgraceful conduct of the pair left children who were aboard the aircraft in tears and one member of the cabin crew was so upset, that she was sent home.
The judge commended the officers who he said had acted with ‘considerable restraint’ when dealing with Richardson.
Judge Savill told Richardson: “Members of the public look forward to their holidays and you ruined it before they had even started.”
One of the police officers suffered a cut lip after being kicked in the face while a second suffered a deep cut to a finger.
The court heard Richardson had one caution for theft on her record while her mother had 52 crimes to her name, including for violence.
Judge Savill said only immediate custodial sentences would be appropriate for both defendants.
Meadowcroft, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to entering an aircraft when drunk at an earlier hearing.
She showed no reaction as she was jailed for two months.
Richardson, of no fixed abode, admitted entering an aircraft when drunk, racially aggravated harassment, three counts of assaulting police and also using threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour.
She sobbed in the dock and looked over at two friends in public gallery, saying ‘I love you’, as the judge handed her ten months in a young offenders’ institution.
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