In a strange turn of events, the Irish lawyer who was convicted of abusing an Air India flight attendant with a racist rant after she was not given more alcohol on the Mumbai-London flight, found dead in England after having apparently committed suicide.
The 50-year-old Simone Burns was found dead just days after being released from prison; she served a six-month sentence for her behaviour onboard the Air India flight late last year.
A video of the incident, which occurred after Burns was denied a fourth bottle of wine on the nine-hour flight, went viral on social media following her subsequent arrest in London. The shocking clip showed Burns telling staff: “I’m a f***ing international lawyer” – before branding them “Indian money-grabbing c***s”.
Air India had filed an FIR against Burns and she was taken into custody on landing at London’s Heathrow airport. She later pleaded guilty to charges.
In April 2019, Burns was sentenced to jail for six months after being found drunk on an aircraft, and two months for assault. She was released from a prison in the UK on May 20.