Human Rights Lawyer Jailed For Abusing Cabin Crew Found Dead
Simone Burns, 50, was sentenced to six months prison in April for racially abusing and spitting on airline staff during a flight from Mumbai to London, days after she was released she was found dead.
The human rights lawyer flew into the drunken rage after Air India cabin crew refused to serve her more wine on a business class flight last year.
The shocking incident was caught on camera by a fellow passenger and was uploaded to social media.
The footage showed the woman calling flight attendants "Indian money-grabbing c**ts" mid-way through the nine-hour trip before spitting at one and lighting cigarettes in the bathroom.
A court heard the barrister, who had worked with refugees around the world, had acted out of character due to a mixture of altitude, alcohol consumption and anxiety about missing an uncle's funeral.
She was released from Bronzefield women’s prison on May 20 and found dead at the foot of cliffs in East Sussex 13 days later.
A friend, who did not want to be named, told the Telegraph that Burns' "world fell apart" when the footage went viral and the trolls came knocking.
She received multiple death threats.
The Barrister, born in Belfast was also diagnosed with skin cancer 18 months ago and at the time of the outburst was waiting to get a prosthetic nose.
"The body of a woman found at Beachy Head on June 1 has been identified as Simone Burns from Hove," a spokeswoman for Sussex Police said.
"The death is not being treated as suspicious and next of kin have been informed. The matter has been passed to the coroner's officer."
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