Story By: Amelia Guran, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
Video Credit: CEN/UDT of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation
This is the moment a tourist and her husband attack a policeman with the woman biting him on the hand when he tries to persuade the drunken pair to calm down.
The woman, who was not named, but who was reportedly 46-years-old, was travelling with her husband, 31, to a relaxing holiday in Anatolia in Turkey.
The pair arrived in plenty of time to catch the flight at Chelyabinsk Airport in the Russian city of the same name, and decided to enjoy a drink or two which unfortunately resulted in them being refused permission to board the plane.
As they loudly remonstrated with the cabin staff, this attracted the attention of the police officer who tried to persuade them to calm down.
The footage starts with the woman’s husband, 31, lying on the floor and the woman herself holding a mobile phone and filming the policeman.
Then she is seen slapping him, and then he tries to restrain her as she continues to hit him. On two occasions she leans over and apparently bites the policeman on the hand where he is holding onto her.
The couple’s verbal abuse, which included foul language, resulted in another passenger filming the incident, including the moment the police officer tried to handcuff the woman.
Police confirm that the pair were eventually arrested, and missed their holiday after being put in jail for two days.
The Ural Investigation Department for Transport of the Investigative Committee of Russia said: “A representative of Red Wings Airlines decided to refuse these passengers permission to get on the flight due to a violation of the rules governing pre-flight behaviour of passengers.”
Redwings is a Moscow-based airline owned by Russian tycoon Alexander Lebedev as part of a plan to create a budget airline.
The two who are from the city of Kurgan which is the centre of the Kurgan Oblast region in the south of the Urals now face prosecution over the assault.
The investigating authorities of the Ural Investigation Department for Transport of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation confirmed they have instituted criminal proceedings against two residents of the city of Kurgan on the grounds of crimes under Part 1 of Article 318 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (the use of violence not dangerous to life or health, against a representative of the government), Art. 319 of the Criminal Code (insulting a government official).
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