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Ralph Lauren's niece fined over Irish air rage incident

Published on Jan 8, 2014 11:00 PM

DUBLIN (AFP) - The niece of fashion designer Ralph Lauren was fined in Ireland on Wednesday for being drunk and abusive on a plane, after a hearing that had to be held in a pub because there was no court nearby.

Jennifer Lauren, 41, was fined 2,000 euros (S$3,500) for being drunk onboard the flight from Barcelona to New York on Monday and launching a foul-mouthed tirade at an air hostess. The flight had to be diverted to Shannon airport in western Ireland.

She was sentenced in the nearest district court but had appeared before a judge on Tuesday in the unlikely setting of a pub in the village of Killaloe, as the immediate local area has no courtroom.

Lauren, a US citizen who runs a high-end jewellery business, pleaded guilty to breaching the peace and being drunk on board the Delta Air Lines plane.

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