Matt Christopher Lockley, the 28-year-old Australian plumber apprehended off a Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane to Bali on April 25, 2014, has been allowed to return to Australia where he will face federal charges.
Lockley was not charged by Indonesian authorities, who claim the Australians have jurisdiction in the matter, and allowed to fly back to Brisbane on April 28, 2014 where he was met on arrival by Australian Federal Police.
Lockley, who works as a plumber, has been summoned to appear in a Brisbane Magistrates Court on June 6, 2014 to face charges of unlawful interference with a crewmember.
As a result of Lockley’s attempts to gain entrance to the plane’s cockpit an emergency alert was put in effect triggering a large police and military presence surrounding the plane on a remote corner of the airport. Both international and domestic flights were delayed or diverted for several hours as Bali’s airport went into “lock down.”
Lockley has claimed that he was not drunk at the time of the incident, but was only fatigued and panicked, confusing the cockpit door with a bathroom entrance.
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