Gold Coaster at the centre of hijack scare has case delayed

UDPATE: THE GOLD COASTER accused of sparking a hijack scare by pounding on the cockpit door will have to wait more than a month to learn his fate.

Tweed local Matt Christopher Lockley triggered Virgin’s hijack drill when he allegedly demanded entry to the cockpit during a flight from Brisbane to Denpasar in April.

Lockley has pleaded not guilty to interfering with crew members on the flight.


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His fate will hinge on whether Magistrate Judy Daley believes his argument that he was trying to get into the toilet.

She’ll hand down her decision in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on December 12.

EARLIER:THE MAN at the centre of a hijack scare on a flight from Brisbane to Bali earlier this year will learn his fate on Friday.

Tweed Heads resident Matt Lockley triggered Virgin’s hijack drill when he allegedly demanded entry to the cockpit during the Denpasar-bound flight in April.

Flight attendant Angela Demo told Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday, Lockley earlier gained the attention of the flight crew with his strange behaviour.

When the plane landed it was boarded by Indonesian military and police who escorted Lockley from the plane.

Lockley insisted his behaviour was due to a panic attack.

Magistrate Judy Daley is due to deliver her verdict in the case at 9.30am on Friday.

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