Drunk chef who charged at cops at airport jailed

Chef Scott Bradley Hannan, 37, was sentenced to three weeks' jail on Aug 23, 2017 for using  criminal force on two policemen who attended to him.
Chef Scott Bradley Hannan, 37, was sentenced to three weeks' jail on Aug 23, 2017 for using criminal force on two policemen who attended to him.PHOTO: ST GRAPHICS

A drunk passenger, who had missed his flight to Bangkok while on transit here, created a ruckus at Changi Airport and used criminal force on two policemen who attended to him.

Chef Scott Bradley Hannan, 37, a New Zealander, was sentenced to three weeks' jail on Wednesday after admitting to grabbing the collar of Senior Staff Sergeant Tan Ah Han with intent to deter him from discharging his duty.

This happened at 8.08am on Aug 16 at the departure transit area of Terminal 2 of the airport.

Investigations showed that Hannan had arrived from Australia and was in the transit area waiting for his flight to Thailand.

During the wait, he drank about eight pints of beer and took a nap.

When he woke up, he realised that he had missed his flight and went to the transfer counter to seek help, said Deputy Public Prosecutor Quek Jing Feng.

 

There, he caused a commotion by spewing vulgarities, throwing his bag and kicking items, unhappy that he had to buy another ticket.

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The combination of alcohol, anxiety and stress due to his son's hospitalisation, sleep deprivation and the shock of him missing his flight led to Scott behaving completely out of character.

HANNAN'S LAWYER GINO HARDIAL SINGH, who said his client regretted behaving the way he did.

When Senior Staff Sgt Tan and his partner arrived, Hannan was drinking beer in the smoking room.

They took Hannan back to the transfer counter in an attempt to facilitate an amicable resolution of the matter, said DPP Quek.

But Hannan, who was drunk, continued to talk loudly and was uncooperative.

He became agitated and suddenly grabbed Senior Staff Sgt Tan's collar, causing the radio set attached to his epaulette to fall on the floor.

He ignored the officers' advice to calm down and charged at them.

Necessary force was then used to place him under arrest as he had put up a violent struggle.

Hannan's lawyer Gino Hardial Singh said in mitigation that his client had rushed from Perth when he found out that his 21/2-year-old son was hospitalised with pneumonia.

Hannan's wife-to-be and son live in Khon Kaen, Thailand, and their wedding is set to be held in Thailand in October.

"The combination of alcohol, anxiety and stress due to his son's hospitalisation, sleep deprivation and the shock of him missing his flight led to Scott behaving completely out of character," said Mr Singh.

Hannan regretted behaving the way he did and realised that what he did was "incredibly foolish", said the lawyer.

Three other charges were taken into consideration in sentencing.

Hannan, whose sentence was backdated to Aug 17, could have been jailed for up to four years and/or fined for using criminal force on a public servant.

Elena Chong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 25, 2017, with the headline 'Drunk chef who charged at cops at airport jailed'. Print Edition | Subscribe