An Irish passenger took the recommended dosage of a freely sold tablet four times before attempting to storm the cockpit of a flight from Los Angeles to Sydney.
Leroy Hyland had a blanket over his head that covered everything but his eyes as he approached two Delta Airlines stewards in the front galley halfway DL41.
The 26-year-old was wearing an & # 39; unidentifiable black item & # 39; when he told the flight attendants that he had been robbed of his wallet, passport and telephone.
The flight attendants offered to accompany Hyland back to his seat to find his alleged missing belongings, Sydney & # 39; s Downing Center Local Court heard on Tuesday.
Irishman Leroy Thomas Hyland (26) took the recommended dosage of sleeping tablets four times before attempting to storm the cockpit of a flight from Los Angeles to Sydney in October.
Leroy Hyland kept a blanket over his head that covered everything but his eyes when he approached two Delta Airlines stewards in the front galley halfway DL41
Leroy Hyland disrupted a Delta Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Sydney in October last year
& # 39; At the moment, the defendant gave both his hands [one flight attendant] a hard push to his shoulder, causing the stewardess to fall backwards [the second cabin crew], & # 39; a statement of facts said.
& # 39; The defendant ran to the door of the cockpit and started slapping his fists on the door. & # 39;
The banging was loud enough for the captain to hear and internal security procedures were activated during the flight last October.
The two flight attendants then ran to the cockpit door and tried to pull Hyland away, but he broke loose and kept banging his fists on the door.
When the cabin crew managed to get Hyland into the aisle of the aircraft, they put service cars on either side of the front galley to block his access to the cockpit door.
A federal air marshal from the United States then tried to guide Hyland to the center galley of the aircraft.
Leroy Hyland was wearing an & # 39; unidentifiable black item & # 39; when he told the flight attendants that he had been robbed of his wallet, passport and telephone on a flight from Los Angeles to Sydney
US air marshals were forced to control Hyland for the remainder of the flight
& # 39; In an attempt to get away from the air marshal, the defendant turned around and jumped over seat 6B to the adjacent aisle and stepped on the passenger on seat 6C, said the facts.
Hyland jumped back over the seats in row 6 when he was confronted with a second air marshal.
& # 39; While the air marshals led the suspect to the center gallery of the aircraft, he called obscenities and threw his identity card at a passenger who was in 11C &, according to the facts.
& # 39; In the center galley of the aircraft, the air marshmallows tried to trap him, and he attacked them. & # 39;
Hyland was escorted down the aisle but again attempted to push along the air marshes with his elbow to intentionally hit one of them on his right arm.
The 26-year-old Irishman refused to follow cabin crew instructions to return to his seat and started to behave disruptively before hitting one of the two US Air Marshals
Eventually the air directors were able to control Hyland and he handcuffed them for the rest of the journey until the plan hit at 6.58 am.
The court heard the Irish national, who is staying in Australia with a temporary work visa, deeply ashamed of his behavior between 10.26 a.m. on 9 October and 6.50 a.m. on 10 October.
Hyland, who lives in Randwick in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, pleaded guilty to attacking / threatening / intimidating aircraft personnel and committing an act of violence aboard an aircraft.
He also pleaded guilty of behaving in an airplane in an attacking and disorderly manner.
Defense lawyer David Newham said his client had shown remorse for his behavior that was completely out of his character.
Hyland now had insight into how his fellow passengers and the flight crew had felt during the collision.
& # 39; There has certainly been a lot of detective work going to My Hyland after this very unfortunate event that took place last year & # 39 ;, Newham said.
The court heard that Hyland had taken two tablets from the freely available sleeping pill Unisom, but when he no longer felt any effect, two more swallowed.
The court heard that Hyland had taken two tablets from the freely available sleeping pill Unisom, but when he no longer felt any effect, two more swallowed. His crime was out of character
Magistrate Julie Huber said that if Hyland had not taken the tablets, it was unlikely that the disruption would have occurred.
& # 39; Of course you took four times the recommended dose, & # 39; said Huber.
& # 39; You took it upon yourself to take four times as much because you wanted to sleep.
& # 39; In many ways it is no different than that extra glass of whiskey or alcohol. & # 39;
Mrs. Huber noted Hyland & # 39; s remorse and that he had worked with the air marsh scale after being enthralled.
& # 39; These crimes were all committed while you were on the plane in the air & # 39 ;, she said.
& # 39; It is a very limited area, it is one that occupies my many, many strangers, and in many respects proper aircraft management, including aircraft safety, depends on the behavior of those occupants. & # 39;
& # 39; It seems that this is an unusual event and that the requirement for personal deterrence is relatively low & # 39 ;, she said.
Hyland received a possible fine of a fine of $ 10,000 and two years in prison.
Mrs. Huber has fined Hyland $ 4,000 for behaving in an offensive and disorderly manner and has imposed two community corrections of two years and three years with a total of 550 hours of community service.
Hyland declined to comment outside the court.
Magistrate Julie Huber imposed $ 4,000 on Hyland for behaving in an offensive and disorderly manner and imposed two Community corrections of two years and three years