Drunk football fan admits sexually assaulting air stewardess
Drunk football fan sexually assaulted an easyJet air stewardess by groping her breast on ‘out of control’ flight to Berlin
- Souness Clark, from Clydebank, squeezed woman’s breast as tried to serve beer
- Pleaded guilty to the incident from Edinburgh to Berlin on January 14 last year
- 28-year-old pleaded not guilty to assaulting a second air stewardess on flight
Souness Clark, 28, from Clydebank, squeezed the woman’s breast as she attempted to serve beer to another passenger on an easyJet flight from Edinburgh to Berlin
A drunk football man yesterday admitted to sexually assaulting an air stewardess after groping her breast on an ‘out of control’ easyJet flight to Berlin.
Souness Clark, 28, from Clydebank, squeezed the woman’s breast as she attempted to serve beer to another passenger on an easyJet flight from Edinburgh to Berlin on January 14 last year.
He was among 200 supporters on the plane travelling to Germany to watch Rangers play a challenge match against RB Leipzig.
The easyJet employee, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is said to have been left ‘physically shaken’ by the sexual attack.
Flight attendants struggled to keep order during the ‘out of control’ flight as the supporters began shouting and singing club songs.
The flight was met by German police officers when the plane touched down in Berlin’s Tegel Airport.
Clark pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting an air stewardess when he appeared at the capital’s sheriff court yesterday.
He pleaded not guilty to assaulting a second female stewardess by seizing her on the body and to behaving in a disorderly manner by shouting and singing.
Clark (pictured) was among 200 supporters on the plane travelling to Germany to watch Rangers play a challenge match against RB Leipzig
He was also alleged to have acted in an aggressive and intimidating manner while also striking the overhead lockers and refusing to comply with cabin crew instructions.
Fiscal depute Mark Keane told the court there were ‘a large number of passengers’ on board when a number of fans became rowdy.
Mr Keane said: ‘[Due to this] the cabin crew were not in a position to bring the drinks trolley to the front galley.
‘One of the stewardesses on the flight had a tray of beer for a passenger and as she passed the accused he reached out and grabbed her by the breast and compressed it.
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‘She hit his hand away and continued on towards the front gallery. She was physically shaken by the incident.
‘She told another member of staff what had happened and as the aircraft landed, she was made aware the flight was being met by German police.’
The fiscal depute added that Clark was taken from the flight by police officers to a local hospital and was subsequently cautioned and charged for the offence.
Defending solicitor Michael Gallan said his client had acted out of ‘drunkenness’ and that he had ‘no real recollection’ of the sex assault on the stewardess.
Attendants struggled to keep order during the ‘out of control’ flight as the supporters began shouting and singing club songs. The plane was boarded by police at Berlin’s Tegel Airport
Mr Gallan asked Sheriff Michael O’Grady QC not to decide whether Clark should be on the sex offenders register until he could give his full mitigation at the sentencing hearing.
Sheriff O’Grady agreed to the request and deferred full sentence on Clark to later this month.
A source said: ‘The flight was really horrific. There was shouting, singing and swearing coming from the supporters and most of them were really drunk.
‘Some of the language and the words of the songs were disgusting. To be honest, I was shocked some of them were allowed on board they were that far gone.
‘The fans were really out of control at some points and I was not surprised cabin crew had to phone the police to meet the plane when we landed in Germany.
The easyJet employee, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is said to have been left ‘physically shaken’ by the sexual attack. File photo
‘I didn’t see the incident with the stewardess but you could see from other members of the cabin crew something bad had happened.’
Around 8000 Rangers supporters travelled to watch their team play the friendly match against RB Leipzig at the Red Bull Arena on January 15, 2017.
Rangers lost the match 4-0 with £13 million Scotland striker Oliver Burke among the scorers for the crack German outfit.
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