Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Who Forced a Plane to Return to Canada under Escort to Be Sentenced in April

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Who Forced a Plane to Return to Canada under Escort to Be Sentenced in April

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Man who detoured plane to be sentenced in April

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MONTREAL - A Montreal-area man whose aggressive behaviour forced a Cuba-bound aircraft to return to Canada under a U.S. miltary escort last summer will be sentenced April 18.

Charalabos Nassios, 40, had pleaded guilty to charges of assault, mischief and uttering threats during a July 2017 disturbance aboard a Sunwing flight that forced the plane to return to Montreal.

The return flight was accompanied by two F-15 U.S. Air Force jets.

Crown prosecutor Cynthia Gyenizse asked on Tuesday for a suspended sentence, but also sought more than $17,450 in damages which represented fuel, landing fees, overtime salaries for Sunwing employees and hotel costs for 170 passsngers.

She told the court that Nassios had already served 112 days in preventive detention last year. …

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