The passenger of Qantas, 48, was found guilty of "banging the body" a female flight attendant

The passenger of Qantas, 48, was found guilty of "banging the body" a female flight attendant after she told him to stop filming her

  • The man was found guilty of assault after the Qantas plane crash, April 2017
  • Patrick Walters filmed the flight attendant Karen Dwyer on the plane before take-off
  • He tried to retrieve his phone to stop the recording and he pushed it
  • Walters was found guilty by the jury on Wednesday at the Washington district court

Zoe Zaczek for Daily Mail Australia

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Australian Associated Press

A man who was almost drunken when "the body slammed" a hostess because he tried to stop him from filming was found guilty of assault.

Patrick Walters, 48, was convicted by a jury on Wednesday after a trial at the Washington district court.

The altercation occurred on a three-hour delayed Qantas flight from Port Hedland to Brisbane in April 2017 while preparations for take-off were under way.

Walters caught the attention of the crew when he realized he had disappeared from his place in the back row.

A man who was almost falling into a drunken state when "the body slammed" a hostess because he tried to stop him from filming it on his cell phone was found guilty of assault (image)

When he got out of the bathroom, the staff learned that he exchanged places with his colleague who had also disappeared from the flight.

His drunken colleague was found and attempted to get on the plane but became controversial, the court heard.

Flight attendant Karyn Dwyer talked to his drunken colleague and Walters went over to the conversation he started recording on his cell phone.

Mrs. Dwyer told him to stop filming two or three times and urged him to return to his post, but ignored the requests.

He said he would oppose him because he was wearing a government-issued aviation security identity card that should not be made public as it was put on social media.

Then he picked up the phone and Walters pushed her back.

Laura Norton, Mrs. Dwyer's colleague, described the move as a "body blow".

It was very direct. He was very agitating with him, "Mrs. Norton said.

The incident took place on a April 2017 Qantas flight from Port Hedland to Brisbane

The incident took place on a April 2017 Qantas flight from Port Hedland to Brisbane

The incident took place on a April 2017 Qantas flight from Port Hedland to Brisbane

"There was a fight for the phone and then she was pushed against the galley … with all her weight on her."

One passenger who witnessed the assault said that Mrs. Dwyer was left trembling, pale and visibly in shock.

The two men were escorted by the plane.

Ms. Dwyer requested physiotherapy after she was left with shoulder pain and movement limitations.

Walters was saved and ordered to pay a personal commitment of $ 5000 and a guarantee of $ 1000.

Walters was ordered to hand over his passport and his prohibition of going less than a kilometer from the airport.

Judge Bruce Goetze warned he could face the prison.

Walters will be sentenced Friday.

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