Drunk man cannot recall plane stunt

Lee Jezard who managed to sneak onto an empty plane.

Lee Jezard had been on a night out in Birmingham when he ended up at the airport.

The runway at Birmingham Airport

Inside Birmingham Airport

Lee Jezard Birmingham Airport Security Breach (8613801)

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A 22-year-old man who breached layers of airport security before boarding an empty plane was too drunk to recall how he did it.

Lee Jezard pleaded guilty today to getting aboard a Lufthansa plane and evading security measures at Birmingham Airport by climbing through a baggage carousel, on July 17.

Appearing at Birmingham Magistrates Court, Jezard - who lost his job as a duty manager at Wood Norton hotel in Evesham when his employer found out about the incident - also admitted stealing £36.45 of foodstuffs from the airport's Caffe Nero.

David Devine, prosecuting, said that despite reports Jezard was at the airport after missing a flight to the holiday island of Ibiza, a study of all plane manifests revealed "he was never booked onto any flight".

He described the actions of Jezard, of Jubilee Avenue, Redditch, as a "drunken escapade".

In mitigation, Jezard's solicitor Tariq Khan said his client "really had very little idea how he arrived at the airport" after going on a drinking binge with friends in Birmingham city centre.

It emerged in court that police had already spoken to a "wandering" and "clearly intoxicated" Jezard, after spotting him in other parts of the airport in the hours before the security breach, added Mr Khan.

It was the same police officer who later "frog-marched him off the aeroplane" following his discovery on board.

Mr Khan added that in a further "bizarre" act, Jezard was seen on CCTV behind a coffee shop counter at the deserted airport "charging his mobile and checking it".

Jezard was discovered aboard a Lufthansa Embraer 195 by cleaning staff, and initially told them "I'm the co-pilot", said Mr Devine.

"When they asked him for ID, he had none, and then told them 'I work for the Navy'."

"He then said: 'I'm breaking into places to see if people can catch me - I go to prisons and other places'."

Airport police arrived and the man was arrested, and interviewed.

He told officers: "I was trying to show how easy it was to get on that plane - and I did it. I told the cleaners I was the co-pilot."

Jezard struggled to recall everything that had happened, telling police he "wanted a walk around and thought it would be a good idea".

Security cameras showed Jezard crawling through the opening of a baggage carousel, getting on to the airport's tarmac apron, and then getting aboard the plane.

Mr Khan said his client "really had very little idea how it was he arrived at the airport, but the guess is it was by train".

Although a relatively low-level security breach, Mr Khan said the incident had implications beyond Jezard's drunken activities.

"I am sure airport staff and management will have been having a close look at events and security will have been tightened up, because of the implications this could have been a more serious breach than it was in this case," he added.

His solicitor said Jezard's crimes had left him "ostracised" by his own family, who were "not impressed" by his night-time escapades.

"He had a very good job as a manager in a hotel and has lost that job and is now without employment," said Mr Khan.

Jezard was fined £95 for each of the three offences, ordered to pay full compensation to the coffee shop, together with £185 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Following the hearing, an airport spokesperson said: "The safety and security of our passengers is our number one priority.

"The individual penetrated the terminal boundary and was subsequently arrested by the police. A full investigation has taken place."

 

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12:39pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Hwicce says...

Judging by the photos he doesn't seem very remorseful about it.
Judging by the photos he doesn't seem very remorseful about it. Hwicce
  • Score: 10

12:49pm Wed 20 Aug 14

CYNIC_AL says...

What a Grade A numpty...
What a Grade A numpty... CYNIC_AL
  • Score: 7

2:38pm Wed 20 Aug 14

truth must out says...

CYNIC_AL wrote:
What a Grade A numpty...
Think he deserves A* numpty........
[quote][p][bold]CYNIC_AL[/bold] wrote: What a Grade A numpty...[/p][/quote]Think he deserves A* numpty........ truth must out
  • Score: 2

2:54pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Samboy says...

And out came Defence Counsel's standard excuse. " He is innocent because he was drunk and did not know what he was doing" How about an extra fine for drunken behaviour.
And out came Defence Counsel's standard excuse. " He is innocent because he was drunk and did not know what he was doing" How about an extra fine for drunken behaviour. Samboy
  • Score: 6

9:42pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Anthony Green says...

Security was breached by a drunken man.
Would a determined terrorist have been more successful, we would be reading a different story.
Security needs to be secure, this was not.
Security was breached by a drunken man. Would a determined terrorist have been more successful, we would be reading a different story. Security needs to be secure, this was not. Anthony Green
  • Score: 1

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