BY SOPHIE EVANS
Josh Strickland, 21, told Jeremy he was just playing pool while his mates were romping with prostitutes in a brothel – a year before forcing a holiday flight to divert
MENJoshua Anthony StricklandJosh Strickland, 21, has been banned from flying with Jet2 for life
A man who has been banned from flying with Jet2 for life after his drunken rampage forced a plane to divert is a former Jeremy Kyle love rat, the Mirror can reveal.
Josh Strickland, 21, downed his own booze ‘illicitly’ and threatened a family during the flight from Leeds, West Yorkshire, to Cyprus last month, the airline said.
He also verbally abused a cabin crew member who tried to intervene, forcing the plane to Larnaca to divert for other passengers’ safety shortly after takeoff.
Now, it can be reported that Josh appeared on The Jeremy Kyle Show last year, where he claimed he was just playing pool while his mates were romping with prostitutes in a brothel.
Josh appeared on The Jeremy Kyle Show last year, where he was revealed as a cheatJosh appeared on The Jeremy Kyle Show last year, where he was revealed as a cheat
The young man took a lie detector test on the programme after his suspicious girlfriend, Ebony, found messages about him visiting the venue in Leeds on Facebook.
Appearing on the show on June 24, 2015, Ebony claimed her boyfriend had told a friend that he did not have sex with a hooker because he could not get an erection.
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However, Josh denied having any sexual contact with a prostitute, instead claiming he was simply playing pool while his mates were having fun at the brothel.
Social media users found his ‘excuse’ hilarious, but host Jeremy Kyle revealed producers had researched the brothel and found it does actually have pool tables.
The young man downed his own booze ‘illicitly’ and threatened a family on a flight last month, Jet2 saidThe young man downed his own booze ‘illicitly’ and threatened a family on a flight last month, Jet2 said
He was handed a life-time flying ban and a £12,000 bill by the budget carrier (file [picture)He was handed a life-time flying ban and a £12,000 bill by the budget carrier (file [picture)
Despite this, Josh was uncovered as a cheat after failing all three of his lie detector questions.
The contestant, who told Jeremy, “I didn’t even wanna be here mate,” was found to have passionately kissed, had sexual contact and had full sex with someone else
And there were more surprises – as his girlfriend also failed the kissing and sexual contact tests.
Josh’s appearance on the programme came more than a year before his drunken behaviour on the passenger plane from Leeds Bradford Airport on July 3.
During the flight, the young man, from Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, ‘illicitly’ downed alcohol he had brought onto the plane and threatened a family, Jet2 said.
When a member of the cabin crew attempted to calm him down, he made ‘physical threats towards her and also began to punch the seats’, the airline added.
Josh was arrested after the plane landed in Manchester.
He was initially charged with recklessly or negligently acting in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft or person in an aircraft, the Manchester Evening News reported.
He had been due to stand trial at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, July 28, after denying the offence.
However, he pleaded guilty to a lesser alternative charge of being drunk on an aircraft before the trial.
District Judge Sam Goozee said the nature of the offence and the fact Strickland could face jail meant the case had to be committed to Manchester Crown Court.
Mr Goozee told the defendant: “Your threatening behaviour towards passengers and crew placed many people in fear or distress.
Josh will be sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on Thursday, August 25.
A Jet2 spokesman issued a statement the day after the incident, which can now be reported.
Josh will be sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on Thursday, August 25Josh will be sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on Thursday, August 25
It reads: “Leading leisure airline, Jet2.com, has issued a lifetime ban to disruptive passenger, Joshua Strickland, plus billed him £12,000 after his abusive and aggressive outburst led to a divert to Manchester Airport yesterday lunchtime.
“The 21 year old from York, who had been consuming his own alcohol illicitly, started verbally threatening a family travelling on the Leeds Bradford to Larnaca flight.
“When a cabin crew member stepped in to try to calm him down he started to make physical threats towards her and also began to punch the seats.
“Strickland’s behaviour became so abusive and aggressive that he had to be restrained and the captain made the immediate decision to divert to Manchester for the safety and wellbeing of the other customers and crew onboard.”
MENThe plane was diverted to Manchester Airport on July 3The plane was diverted to Manchester Airport on July 3
Phil Ward, managing director of Jet2.com, added: “We will not tolerate anyone being threatening towards families and crew on our flights.
“We are committed to stamping out abusive and aggressive behaviour for the safety of everyone onboard.
“Joshua Strickland’s violent outburst was absolutely unacceptable and caused a lot of distress plus significant delays for our customers.
“He now has to face up to the consequences of his actions and we will vigorously pursue to recover the costs incurred by this unnecessary divert.”
Mirror Online has contacted ITV for comment.