- Mohammed Shiraz Riaz, 42, has been jailed today for 14 months
A plane passenger from hell who shouted ‘white children are easy to rape’ has been jailed for 14 months after drunkenly hurling racist and misogynistic abuse towards women on two flights back to Britain.
Father-of-three Mohammed Shiraz Riaz, 42, fat-shamed one air stewardess and called her ‘f…ing white b****’ during a nightmare journey from Marrakesh, Morocco, before later biting a policeman and leaving him with teeth marks on his arm.
After he was arrested and bailed to face trial, car valeter Riaz booked a flight to Istanbul in Turkey and on the way back hurled a torrent of sexist and racist abuse towards cabin crew, fellow passengers, police and female airport officials.
During the flight Riaz was seen drunkenly shadow boxing in the aisles and punching the seats.
When he was subsequently thrown off the plane, he unleashed a vile foul mouthed tirade at a female Border Force official, saying: ‘You f***ing b**** I bet you didn’t get your leg over last night. You need a good s**g.’
And as he was led away to the cells Riaz shouted: ‘F*** you slag – I’ll punch your f***ing head in’.
Then as he was placed in a police van, went on: ‘No wonder it’s so easy for us to rape your white children – you’re all a bunch of p******. You f***ing s***s, fat-a*** c****. White woman are easy to rape. White children are easy to rape because white men are p******.’
It emerged Riaz, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, had a string of 30 offences on his record for drink related thuggery, including assault on police and being drunk and disorderly.
In 2019 he was convicted of criminal damage after he smashed up a camper van and two hotel rooms but he was freed with a community order.
At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Riaz was jailed for 14 months after he admitted being drunk on an aircraft, assaulting an emergency worker and four charges of using threatening behaviour.
He appeared in court via video link from jail after a warrant was issued for his arrest after he repeatedly failed to attend earlier hearings, claiming he had Covid-19. He was not charged with any racially aggravated offences.
The first incident occurred on July 15, 2019 when Riaz began knocking back Jack Daniels with cola as he sat on board a Ryanair Boeing 737 flying into Liverpool John Lennon airport from Morocco.
Stewardess Jelena Zuravska said trouble began when Riaz demanded another drink and when she said she was busy, he went to the toilet muttering ‘f***ing fat b**** stewardess’.
She said in a statement: ‘I remained professional and suggested that he sat down and have something to eat and at this point I made the decision not to serve him any more alcohol as I didn’t want to make the situation any worse.
‘But he started verbally attacking me personally, saying ‘who f***ed your mother, you fat stewardess white b****’. He seemed to have a real hatred towards women. He was shouting, he was screaming. He gave me the feeling he was going to fight me.
‘As he became more aggressive towards me and more vocal, other passengers stepped in to try and calm the situation. One even wanted to punch him on my behalf.’
Ms Zuravska said that Riaz even used the safety announcement she made during the descent as ‘an opportunity to further humiliate’ her as he shouted ‘look at that fat f***ing b****’ and blew raspberries shouting: ‘look she’s farted’.
The crew were eventually forced to move other passengers from seats near Riaz.
Police who met the aircraft at Liverpool were faced by a ‘clearly upset’ Miss Zurvaska with Riaz standing behind her holding a black holdall.
As other passengers applauded his removal from the aircraft, Riaz stormed down the steps, presented his wrists to officers and said ‘you may as well handcuff me now. I’ve done f*** all wrong. That fat b**** has called you to make me look stupid. F…ing fat b****.’
In the police car Riaz was said to be slurring his words, smelling of alcohol and was ‘bouncing backwards and forwards’ in the rear.
A PC attempted to restrain him he was bitten him on the arm. In police interview he said he had Tramadol and two ibuprofen tablets with alcohol and claimed the allegations against him had been exaggerated.
The second incident occurred on January 2, 2021, when Riaz was returning from Istanbul to Manchester.
Mark Pritchard prosecuting said: ‘On the flight he was seen dancing, refusing to wear his facemask, punching people’s seats and shadow boxing in the aisles. There were 120 passengers, most of whom were families with children.
‘Police met the aircraft at the gate and one officer was approached by several families who expressed their disgust at the defendant’s behaviour.
‘He was handcuffed and taken through Border Control but he used foul language and threatening behaviour in the sight of very young children.
‘He was verbally abusive to a female border officer and was spitting and swearing when he was placed in the police car.
‘He was so disruptive when he arrived at the police station, he had be taken immediately to his cell and could not been booked in under the normal manner.’
The court was played police bodycam footage of the incident at the airport during which Riaz squared up to another passenger at passport control before being told to stop swearing as children were nearby.
One officer told Riaz ‘You might not like us but these children do not deserve this – you stink of booze,’ to get the defiant retort: ‘I won’t shut the f*** up. You’re a fat mother f***er. Why should I f***ing shut up?’
In mitigation for Riaz, defence counsel Miss Ella Embleton said: ‘He recognises there is no excuse for his behaviour and describes himself as behaving like a ‘Dog.’ He is very embarrassed by his actions on these two days.’
Miss Embleton added: ‘His underlying problem is alcohol. When he has one drink he goes on to binge drink and he gets carried away. The behaviour he displays when he is intoxicated is not reflective of the man he is when sober.’
Sentencing Riaz, Judge Joanne Woodward told him: ‘This was a sustained course of highly abusive conduct causing distress to others. The level of verbal abuse in the presence of families and young children was at the highest end.’