A drunk offshore worker assaulted Border Force officers and police after they refused to accept his bank card instead of a passport after he got off a flight.
Kenneth McArthur, known as Taylor, “lost the plot in spectacular style” at Aberdeen International Airport after leaving his documents on the plane.
At Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday the 39-year-old was slapped with a £4,000 fine.
Depute fiscal Katy Begg told the court the incident happened at around 6.15pm.
She said Taylor produced his bank card when going through security and a member of Border Force staff told him he needed to show his passport.
Taylor told staff he was drunk and attempted to walk through passport control while employees attempted to explain why his passport was required.
She added staff “attempted to reason with the accused without success”.
Police were requested to attend when Taylor continued to behave in what was described in court as a very aggressive manner.
But Taylor pushed and repeatedly spat at a male Border Force worker.
He also attempted to kick a female Border Force employee and dug his nails into her hand when she tried to apply handcuffs.
Taylor also kicked one police officer and went to headbutt another.
He had to be “restrained on the ground” repeatedly during the incident.
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Ms Begg added: “The incident was captured in its entirety on CCTV.”
He appeared in the dock yesterday for sentencing having previously pled guilty to three counts of assault and one of assault to injury.
Defence agent Alex Burn said: “He started drinking in Malta and continued drinking on the flight.
“He can’t remember a thing about it. I can’t excuse or give any explanation as to why he conducted himself in this manner.
“I don’t know why or what he thought he would achieve by showing his bankcard.”
He added his client demonstrated “regret and shame for his actions” and had written to the airport to apologise. Mr Burn also said he had been alcohol-free since the incident.
Sheriff Sukhwinder Gill said: “I’ve seen from the report you were working in Malta and hadn’t had a drink for six months and decided to have a drink before the flight and also during the flight.
“It seems to me you lost the plot in spectacular style and assaulted two members of Border Force and also two police officers.”
Sheriff Gill fined Taylor, whose address was given in court papers as Geddes Avenue, Portknockie, Moray, a total of £4,000 to be paid at £200 per month.