What's Your Instinct? A British man has been jailed after shouting homophobic slurs at male flight attendants and becoming verbally aggressive with other passengers. A Judge sentenced him to prison for 8 months. Was the sentence a bit severe or right on target? Get the story after the jump!
John Hawkins was with his two children on a Thomas Cook flight from Europe to the Canary Islands when reports say he suddenly went into a rage while his daughter sat and cried. A passenger seated nearby tried to calm Hawkins down and also asked him to mind his language. That's when the situation got worse.
He became aggressive, and shouted insults – even directing gay derogatory comments at male cabin crew.
He eventually had to be restrained. The pilot felt he had no alternative but to return to Manchester, at a cost of roughly $20,000 to the airline.
Once the flight landed John Hawkins was arrested and Manchester Judge Jonathan Geake stated: “Your behavior was grotesque, and completely outrageous. Your treatment of fellow passengers and the way you hurled offensive homophobic comments at cabin crew was inexcusable.”
Hawkins' lawyer tried to blame the outburst on an accident his client was involved saying he was in pain. The Judge didn't buy it. “Your medical problems have not stopped you committing criminal offenses.”
So what did screaming homophobic slurs and yelling at other passengers get Hawkins? How about 8 months in prison!
So, What's Your Instinct? Too harsh or too leinent?