Drunk British passenger who hurled racist abuse at Malaysian flight attendant found guilty

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PETALING JAYA - A British passenger who hurled insults at a Malaysian flight attendant in January, has been found guilty of assault and being drunk on board an aircraft.

Britain's The Sun reported that Maxine Williams, who was drinking throughout her Heathrow-bound flight from Kuala Lumpur, had called stewardess Teoh Ming Lee, 36, "a Malaysian pig" and yesterday told the court that her behaviour was "normal".

During the incident, the 57 year-old had screamed profanities at the Malaysia Airlines flight attendant, forcing the captain to declare a security alert at 30,000ft (9,144 metres).

The report said her actions led Williams to have her hands tied behind her back with plastic hoops and that things worsened after as she kicked the stewardess in the bottom, which resulted in her having her legs bound with gaffer tape

The magistrate's court in Willesden, North West London heard on Thursday that Williams had gone into the first class compartment, demanding more alcohol.

The accused, who is a hospital receptionist, had also kicked a meals trolley, snapped an arm rest and fallen on another passenger.

Her actions made children cry and one family is reported to have moved to another deck.

Teoh told the court that Williams, who used a lot of profanities, could not stand properly.

"She couldn't stand up properly and kept leaning to the side.

"She kicked my meal cart, the water on the cart spilled onto the passenger.

"I told her don't kick the cart so she started swearing," she was quoted by The Sun as saying.

Williams, from Fulham, was convicted of assault and being drunk on board an aircraft.

The magistrate's court has sent the case to the Crown court for sentencing.