Ealing Woman Faces Jail After Groping Air Steward While Drunk on Plane

25-year old's case has been moved to Isleworth Crown Court for sentencing


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A woman from Ealing Common faces jail for groping a male flight steward and demanding sex while drunk on a plane.

Katherine Goldberg, 25,, grabbed the man's crotch after drinking a pint of whisky on a Virgin Atlantic flight.

Goldberg pleaded guilty to sexual assault and being drunk on an aircraft at an earlier hearing at Uxbridge Magistrates Court. 

South African Goldberg is understood to have been returning from visiting relatives when the alleged incident took place at 33,000ft on an Airbus A340-600 at 5.30am British time on August 24.

The court heard that she had made 'strong sexual advances' to the victim during the flight from Johannesburg.

Bench chairwoman, Mary Petley, explained why the case would not be heard at magistrates court: 'The reason we are declining jurisdiction is that if you were drunk on an aircraft and you were sleeping and snoring a bit we could sentence you here.

'But this is rather more serious', she told the defendant.

Lawyers for Goldberg had attempted to avoid the charge going to court and have the sexual assault charge dealt with by a police caution.

The educational supplies executive has now been bailed to return for sentencing at Isleworth Crown Court next month.

30th October 2011



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