Carbery charged in connection to flight 'fire'

Paul Carberry appeared in court on Tuesday in connection with a public order incident on a flight from Spain to Dublin.

Paul Carberry appeared in court on Tuesday in connection with a public order incident on a flight from Spain to Dublin.

The 31-year-old, a former Irish champion jockey and winner of the Grand National, allegedly set fire to a friend’s newspaper while on board an Aer Lingus flight returning from Malaga last Saturday.

At Swords District Court in Dublin, Carberry, of Rathfeigh, Tara, Co Meath, was charged with engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour under the Air Navigation and Transport Acts 1973 and 1998 while on board the flight.

Garda Noel Donnelly of Dublin Airport police station, said Carberry was arrested at the airport at 10.25pm on Saturday and brought to the police station, where he was charged.

“He made no reply after caution,” said Garda Donnelly.

He told Judge Patrick Brady he did not require any bail conditions. Judge Brady adjourned the case to October 18.

Carberry won the Grand National in 1999 on Bobbyjo, a horse trained by his father Tommy, who himself was a National-winning rider.

He was the Irish champion jockey in 2002, where he became the first man since Charlie Swan in 1996-1997 to ride a century of winners.

He rode at Tipperary on Sunday, where he claimed victory in the John James McManus Memorial Hurdle on Harchibald.

When asked outside the courtroom about the incident on the Aer Lingus plane, Carberry said: “It was an accident. It wasn’t a joke.”

He said he had no idea if there was a match or a lighter involved and added there was no drink involved. He had no further comment.

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