BA-class passenger, 31, “flight attendant hit his head and threw chocolate,” the court heard

A BA business class, 31, crashed into the head of a flight attendant and threw chocolate at a sleeping passenger after he took sleeping pills and drank three glasses of wine and two mini bottles of Baileys, court

  • William Clegg of London is accused of assaulting five flight attendants
  • Other allegations include drunkenness and smoking on the plane
  • Clegg filed a declaration of innocence with all charges in the Isleworth Crown Court










A passenger in BA attacked five flight attendants after drinking and taking sleeping pills, the court heard.

William Clegg, 31, is charged with assaulting five staff members aboard a BA long-haul flight from San Jose, USA to Heathrow on August 25, 2019.

He appeared at Isleworth Crown Court on Monday in a navy suit, blue shirt and glasses.

Paul Edwards, the prosecution, told the jury that Mr. Clegg suffered from epilepsy and insomnia.

When Mr. Clegg was in the United States, he visited the doctor who prescribed Ambien, a sleeping pill, to help him with insomnia.

Mr Edwards told the court that Mr Clegg should have taken only one tablet before the flight, but instead took two.

Once Mr. Clegg was on board the plane, he drank three glasses of wine and two miniature bottles of Baileys.

William Clegg arrives at Isleworth Crown Court in West London, where he is accused of assaulting five flight crew members on a British Airways flight from Houston, Texas to London.

William Clegg arrives at Isleworth Crown Court in West London, where he is accused of assaulting five flight crew members on a British Airways flight from Houston, Texas to London.

William Clegg, 30, of Notting Hill in West London, is accused of assaulting five flight attendants, smoking on a plane, climbing over sleeping passengers and trying to rip a pillow off the seat on a flight from Texas to London's Heathrow.  He did not confess all the charges against him

William Clegg, 30, of Notting Hill in West London, is accused of assaulting five flight attendants, smoking on a plane, climbing over sleeping passengers and trying to rip a pillow off the seat on a flight from Texas to London’s Heathrow. He did not confess all the charges against him

“As a result, he behaved bizarrely,” the plaintiff said.

“He walked up and down on a business class plane and shouted.

“He went to the kitchen and started throwing chocolate bars.

“He said he wanted to go out with his friends.

“He was told you couldn’t, you’re 38,000 feet in the air.”

When confronted by flight attendant Amy Stewart, Mr. Clegg responded by picking up his T-shirt and trying to throw it over her head.

Today's case takes place at the Isleworth Crown Court after it was dismissed by justices of the peace

Today’s case takes place at the Isleworth Crown Court after it was dismissed by justices of the peace

“He also used vape on the flight,” Mr Edwards said.

In response, the cabin crew decided to take Clegg to the back of the plane and restrain him.

However, when flight attendant Jamie Marsh tried to detain Mr. Clegg, the passenger grabbed his arm and threw him to the floor.

Mr. Clegg was then taken to the back of the plane.

“After being in the back of the plane, he tried Amy Stewart’s ass three times,” the plaintiff said.

Two other flight attendants, Cieran Robert Smith and Franz Hartmann, were attacked while holding Mr. Clegg in the back of the plane, Mr Edwards said.

He said Mr Clegg hit Cieran Robert Smith in the temple and kicked Franz Hartmann.

The court heard that Fifth Stewardess Carlie Titchner – involved in restraining Mr. Clegg – did not remember to attack her, but after the incident found that she had bruises on her hands.

Mr Edwards said: “The main problem for the Crown is, was the defendant reckless when he took the pills?”

Clegg of Notting Hill in West London denies five beatings.

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