Drunk honeymoon couple in airport bust-up over missed flight

Police intervene after groom shouts: 'Stupid b****h, it’s all your fault’

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Police were called to deal with a drunk newlywed couple who were rowing at the airport because they missed their honeymoon flight.

Darren Stanway, 39, had been drinking wine and beer with bride Nadia, 34, in their taxi on their way to the airport - but the pair had a bust up when they turned up too late to catch their plane to Malta.

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A worker at Terminal Three at Manchester Airport encountered a drunken Mrs Stanway complaining about her husband's aggressive behaviour whilst he was overheard shouting: "Stupid b****h - it's all your fault".

As the pair sat at the empty boarding gate, Stanway was heard to go on: "I was here at gate 48 and you put a tannoy call out for me to go there", before he stormed off to the bar in the departure lounge.

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A happier time on their wedding day Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd

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Police were called to speak to him as he sat drowning his sorrows, but Stanway, from Congleton, Cheshire was arrested after he retorted: "I'm going to f***ing sit here and drink my f***ing beer - I know I'm in control of my f***ing behaviour."

He was charged with pubic disorder while his wife was given a £90 fixed penalty notice.

The pair are believed to have got a later flight.

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At Manchester magistrates court, Stanway - who claimed his wife had knocked back three bottles of wine during the 17 mile cab ride - admitted using threatening behaviour and was fined £260.

The pair had previously married at a church but the bust up occurred on July 28 when they prepared to fly out on a 19.15pm plane.

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Darren Stanway leaving Manchester Magistrates where he was fined Allan Bentley/Cavendish Press

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Nadia Stanway fought with her husband at the airportCavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd

Prosecuting, Andrew O'Gara said: "All of the passengers boarded the plane and the doors closed and it departed but after that a drunk female came up to the desk telling her that she had been arguing with her husband and then saw the defendant acting in an aggressive manner.

"The agent on the desk heard the defendant call his wife a 'stupid bitch' saying 'it's all your fault'. They moved to a seating area where she heard him continue being abusive.

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"She heard him say 'I was here at gate 48 and you put a tannoy call out for me to go there'. The defendant carried on swearing and being abusive and the pair of them left going towards the bar in the terminal.

"The agent called the police as she was fearful that the behaviour would continue and officer was called to attend terminal 3 for a drunken disturbance by a newlywed couple.

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"They confirmed with the female Nadia that she had been with a male and they found him drinking in the bar area and was drunk. He became abusive towards the police saying, 'I'm going to f***ing sit here and drink my f***ing beer'.

"He continued to swear and be abusive towards the officers, saying 'I know I'm in control of my f***ing behaviour'."

Defending himself, Stanway who has previous convictions for public order offences, threatening criminal damage and common assault said: "My wife drank three bottles of wine in the taxi on our way to the airport and I thought she had drunk one.

"Thing is she drinks wine same as when I drink vodka and whisky and she gets silly thoughts in her head.

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Luckily they managed to get on another flight Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd

"This was before we got to the plane. It started at customs. She was getting it in her head that I didn't want to be with her or go on holiday with her. I was like: 'I have just married you I don't understand where she got all these tweaks in her head'.

"I had also broken my ankle on our wedding day and the police officer was stood on my ankle which is why I was being abusive.

"I had only had two pints and I wasn't drunk. My misses got a slap on the wrist and a £90 fine but I'm here but I suppose that's how it goes. You go on about my record but it's not relevant."

But JP Barbara Wall told him: "There was a huge TV programme about this on the other evening and you should take note if it.

"If you go to the airport again you must take into consideration other people. I worked at the airport for 20 years and people get nervous about flying and that will make them feel worse."

When Mrs Wall asked Stanway what he would do differently next time he was st the airport, he replied: "No more wine for the wife."

He was ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £35.

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