Jetstar passenger tasered and thrown off flight is brutally shut down by reporter
A Jetstar passenger who received an electric shock and was kicked off a flight has found himself in an awkward moment outside of court after claiming he “did nothing wrong.”
Bolic Bet Malou, 30, pleaded guilty to obstructing an official and conducting himself in an offensive or disorderly manner on a plane causing danger at Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday.
The Sudanese refugee turned music producer had becoming abusive to aircraft personnel aboard a Jetstar flight from Perth to Melbourne on March 18.
An alcohol-fueled argument broke out between Malou and his wife, with the latter asking the cabin crew to change seats so she could separate her from him.
Malou, who also preempted his family and other passengers to board his flight, refused to follow the crew’s instructions to sit in a seat away from his wife.
Bolic Bet Malou, 30, pleaded guilty to obstructing an official and conducting himself in an offensive or disorderly manner on a plane causing danger at Perth Magistrates Court.
The plane’s captain called the Australian Federal Police, who struggled with Malou on board the plane.
Malou put one of the officers in a headlock and attempted to reach for his taser before police shot him three times and subsequently ejected him from the flight.
Outside court on Thursday, the music producer refused to apologize, insisting he was “innocent.”
‘How can I regret when I was the one who was moved from a seat that was mine?’ he told reporters.
So I haven’t done anything wrong.
9News reporter Jack Hahn responded by asking, ‘Then why did you plead guilty if you’ve done nothing wrong?’
Malou awkwardly backed away from Hahn before walking away without saying anything.
The Sudanese refugee-turned-music producer battled with AFP officers after refusing to sit in his seat on the plane.
Footage of the incident shows officers storming the plane and forcibly removing Malou.
You have not complied with the instructions of the aircraft. I need you to come with me right now… either you come with us voluntarily or we’re going to grab you’, and the officer is heard saying.
When Malou refused, he was roughed up before a Taser was deployed to subdue him as officers yelled: ‘Stop resisting’.
Malou was then placed in a headlock and escorted off the plane as he writhed in pain.
In a statement, AFP said they needed to restrain Malou after he assaulted an officer.
“Police were required to deploy a Taser to contain and arrest the man,” AFP said in a statement.
“Three AFP agents suffered minor injuries that were later treated.”
The Australian Federal Police described the incident as “one of the most serious incidents on a plane in WA for some time” (Australian Federal Police officers are pictured arresting Malou)
The AFP described the incident as “one of the most serious incidents to have occurred on a plane in WA for some time.”
Malou was initially charged with four offences, including breaching a security instruction and causing harm to a Commonwealth official, and spent two days behind bars.
These offenses were later reduced to two, to which he pleaded guilty.
Malou was fined $1,500, ordered to pay court costs, and placed on a one-year probation order with $2,000 bail.