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Man charged with causing breach of the peace on board Ryanair flight

The man had been arrested last night.

Updated: 18.45

A 25-YEAR-OLD MAN has been remanded in custody after appearing at Ennis District Court concerning an alleged ‘air rage’ type incident on board a Ryanair flight.

At a special sitting of Ennis District Court on Saturday evening, Judge Mary Larkin remanded Ioan Remi Makula in custody to Limerick prison to next Wednesday.

Judge Larkin remanded Makula – of 52 Fearann Ri, Doughiska, Galway – in custody after solicitor for the accused, Tara Godfrey said that there was no application for bail for her client.

In the case, Makula is charged with being a person on board a Ryanair flight no FR4776 from Manchester to Shannon on February 4th and engaging in behaviour of a threatening, abusive or insulting nature whether by word or gesture with intent to cause of breach of the peace of being reckless as to whether a breach of the peace might have been occasioned.

The charge is contrary to Section 2(a) of the Air Navigation and Transport Act.

In evidence, Garda Chris Healy of Shannon Garda Station told the court that he arrested Makula at Shannon airport at 9.40pm on Friday night and later charged him at Shannon Garda Station at midnight.

Garda Healy said that in response to caution and charge, Makula made no reply.

Judge Larkin granted legal aid to Ms Godfrey to represent Makula in the case.

Makula was standing in the body of the court for the brief hearing and Judge Larkin told him: “Sit down young man. Sit down and stop drawing attention to yourself.”

Makula then sat down at a nearby seat.

Sgt Noel O’Rourke told the court that there is an issue that when Makula was arrested at Shannon airport on Friday night he was travelling on a Romanian passport.

Sgt O’Rourke said that Makula had previously surrendered an Irish passport.

In reply, Judge Larkin told Sgt O’Rourke that if there is an application for bail for Makula at a later court date, Gardai can insert that detail in their ‘bail-pack’.

Judge Larkin said that if bail is granted in the future that Makula would be directed to hand over all passports to Gardai.

Ms Godfrey asked that a psychiatric assessment be carried out on Makula while in custody.

Ms Godfrey said that Makula is on medication at the moment and told the court that his mother had a plastic bag in court with his medication to give to him.

Judge Larkin ordered that Makula appear at Ennis District Court on Wednesday via video-link from prison.

With reporting by Pat Flynn