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Ryanair yob who urinated in police van on runway jailed for stabbing

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A woman who caused havoc on a Ryanair flight and urinated in a police van has been jailed. The 26-year-old from Liverpool has found herself behind bars after she stabbed a homeless person with a broken wine glass.

Keisha Harty avoided tough punishment in 2017 after she drunkenly screamed at cabin crew on a Ryanair plane and forced a pregnant woman to move from her seat.

The woman unleashed an outburst during a flight between Cork and Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

She was described as “unsteady on her feet, screaming and shouting and falling on other passengers near her” while a “pregnant passenger had to move to prevent a collision”.

Harty then urinated in a police van on the runway, according to the LiverpoolECHO.

The then-20-year-old avoided immediate jail time, with Judge Neil Flewitt KC telling her: “You have had a near miss today – stay off the vodka.”

But Harty has now been jailed for five-and-a-half years – two thirds of which must be served before she becomes eligible for release on licence – after attacking a homeless person.

She “suddenly and without warning” flipped a dining table and began grabbing the victim’s hair during a 2019 New Year’s Eve party, Liverpool Crown Court has heard.

The woman then “lunged forward” at the victim with a wine glass that had been smashed during the altercation and struck her in the face.

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The victim was left with a “deep laceration to the right side of her face which was bleeding profusely”, according to the ECHO.

After being charged and pleading not guilty to wounding with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm, Harty failed to appear in court when released on bail.

A warrant was issued for her arrest in July last year.

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She was later arrested in Ireland where she was jailed for shoplifting in April this year.

After serving this sentence and changing her plea to guilty, as well as admitting breaking court bail, she was jailed again.

Defence lawyer Tom Challinor, quoted in the ECHO, said: “Ms Harty understands what she is to be sentenced for and she accepts what she is to be sentenced for – it is a courageous plea and one which spares the victim the final ordeal of being put through a contested trial.

“The offence is completely out of character. What seems to have gone wrong for Ms Harty is that she became involved in two relationships, one after the other, which were particularly difficult.

“That is an understatement. They were physically violent and emotionally traumatic relationships.”

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