Romford man accused after Stansted plane incident to deny charge

A plane lands at Stansted during Storm Eunice

The incident on a plane at Stansted Airport took place on November 4, 2021 - Credit: Theo Patterson

A Romford man accused of causing a public order incident on board a plane at Stansted Airport has indicated an intention to deny the charge. 

Lee Carey, 55, of Brentwood Road, is accused of causing racially or religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress during the flight on November 4 last year. 

Co-defendant Jak Bruce, 32, of Watchgate in Dartford, indicated the same intention at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on April 13.

Both defendants will next appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on May 17.

Causing racially or religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress is an offence under s4A of the Public Order Act. 

It is a triable either way offence, meaning the defendant will be asked if they would plead guilty or not guilty if the matter were to proceed to trial.