‘Out of control’ mother, 38, is spared jail after abandoning her seven-year-old daughter on TUI flight to drink duty-free vodka with male passenger who she tried to perform SEX ACT on
- Louise Whyte had taken diazepam and codeine before drinking alcohol
- Whyte moved away from daughter to sit with male passenger
- She was sentenced to a six-month custodial term, suspended for 12 months
A drunk, ‘out of control’ mum downed duty-free vodka on a plane before trying to kiss a fellow passenger.
Louise Whyte, 38, had to be moved away from her ‘distressed’ young daughter on the TUI flight after crews became concerned about her ‘disgusting’ behaviour.
Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard Whyte was taking her daughter, 7, on holiday alone for the first time when she befriended a man at Manchester Airport – but the youngster was left sobbing in her seat in a different row of the aircraft as Whyte made a string of unwelcome sexual advances towards a male passenger.
Louise Whyte leaving Minshull Street crown court, Manchester, where she received a suspended sentence for sexually assaulting a man during a TUI flight to Turkey
Before boarding the plane to Dalaman in Turkey, she took diazepam and codeine which she had been prescribed for pain-relief for an injury.
Once onboard, she downed vodka ‘unaware’ of the effects the booze would have combined with the medication.
Whyte left the seat next to her daughter to sit with the man she had met previously in the airport terminal and became ‘loud’ and started swearing.
The man was travelling with his 11 year old son.
Despite repeated attempts by the man and cabin crew to calm her down, she continued to drink.
Whyte then tried to kiss the man, before offering to perform a sex act on him.
The captain was alerted and she had to be flown straight back to the UK from Turkey. She was then arrested.
Whyte, from Bury, narrowly avoided jail, Monday.
A judge ruled that the safety of those on the plan was not ultimately endangered.
The court heard Whyte arrived at Manchester Airport on May 27 last year for her evening flight.
The court heard how before boarding the plane to Dalaman in Turkey, she took diazepam and codeine which she had been prescribed for pain-relief for an injury. Once onboard, she downed vodka ‘unaware’ of the effects the booze would have combined with the medication
Prosecutor Charlotte Crangle said: ‘The defendant befriended a male passenger while in the terminal.
‘This is the complainant of the sexual assault charge.
‘He came across the defendant because she appeared upset and had lost her phone, so he helped her find it.
‘He thought she appeared a bit tipsy or under the influence of prescription drugs.’
Whyte and the man went to a terminal bar, where they had ‘one or two drinks’ before boarding the plane.
Whyte was sat with her daughter a few rows in front of the man.
Once in the air, she got out of her seat and went over to talk to him.
He described her as being ‘over-friendly’ and ‘loud’.
‘She then asked him for his vodka that he had bought earlier in the duty-free and started to drink it,’ Ms Crangle added.
‘He warned her not to do it and told her to calm down.
‘He became concerned that she was becoming intoxicated and warned her not to become so drunk when she had her daughter to look after.’
The man tried to ‘appease’ Whyte by drinking with her, but he became ‘increasingly concerned’ about her daughter, the court heard.
After drinking around two-thirds of the 70cl bottle of vodka, passengers noticed Whyte swearing and being ‘loud’.
The man raised concerns with cabin crew when she continued to stand up.
Her daughter was ‘distressed’ and Whyte was moved away from her. When Whyte made a reference to diazepam, the crew took her bag and found an empty blister packet inside which contained the prescription drug, as well as a blister pack of codeine.
‘She then tried to kiss him and touched his upper body,’ the prosecutor said.
‘She was repeatedly telling him it was time for them to go to bed.
Whyte was taking her daughter on holiday alone for the first time when she befriended a man at Manchester Airport. Whyte was sat with her daughter a few rows in front of the man. Once in the air, she got out of her seat and went over to talk to him. She later offered to perform a sex act
‘In an attempt to calm the situation down, he went back to his seat as the plane was descending, but she followed and repeatedly offered to perform oral sex upon him and was touching his thigh and saying that she would put her jacket over her head.
‘At one point, she started to pull down her own trousers and underwear.’
The captain was informed about Whyte’s behaviour and the decision was taken to keep her on the plane during the changeover in Turkey.
Whyte was flown straight back to the UK and arrested on arrival in Manchester.
Her daughter’s father collected her at the airport.
When interviewed by police, she said she had been prescribed diazepam and codeine for a leg injury and had never taken the medication before.
She said she was ‘not aware’ of the affects of alcohol being taken with the pills.
Defending, Peter Horgan said his client – who has no previous convictions – was ’embarrassed, ashamed and apologetic of her actions’.
‘She apologises to her daughter, to the complainant, to the staff, and to the passengers who were affected by her behaviour’, Mr Horgan added.
‘This was the first time she had taken her daughter on holiday on her own, that was a matter of concern to her having this responsibility.’
Mr Horgan told the court Whyte suffered with anxiety, depression and insomnia, and had been prescribed the diazepam for an injury shortly before her holiday.
He said she had ‘no recollection of what happened on the flight and asked the judge to consider suspending any custodial term imposed.
‘She is a lady having come to this court having never been in trouble before’, he added.
‘After this incident her daughter was taken from her and placed with her father for six weeks while social services conducted an assessment.
‘Her daughter is now back with her and their relationship is stronger than ever.’
Judge Sophie McKone agreed to suspend the sentence – and said the incident was ‘wholly out of character’.
She said she accepted there was no evidence those on the plane were put in danger
Whyte from Bury, pleaded guilty to entering an aircraft when drunk and sexual assault on a male. She was sentenced to a six-month custodial term, suspended for 12 months, a six month curfew and 15 rehabilitation activity requirement days. She was also ordered to sign the sex offenders registers for seven years
Sentencing, Judge McKone told Whyte: ‘You behaved, in your own words, in a repellent and disgusting way.
‘You had the responsibility to care for your daughter and had responsibility to crew and other passengers on that plane as if the crew have to deal with people like you, it is dangerous because it distracts them from what they should be doing.
‘I accept you did not board the aircraft intentionally having got drunk but you did take alcohol not knowing how that would affect the prescription drugs you had taken.
‘Once on that plane you became out of control and you were not able to care for your own daughter because of the state you were in.’
Whyte from Bury, pleaded guilty to entering an aircraft when drunk and sexual assault on a male.
She was sentenced to a six-month custodial term, suspended for 12 months, a six month curfew and 15 rehabilitation activity requirement days.
She was also ordered to sign the sex offenders registers for seven years.
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