Lawyer jailed for spitting at Air India cabin crew who refused her more wine ‘found dead at Beachy Head cliffs’

A LAWYER jailed for spitting at a flight attendant who refused her more wine has been found dead at the bottom of a cliff face, it was reported last night.

Police said the body of Simone Burns was found at the foot of Beachy Head cliffs in East Sussex on 1 June – 13 days after her release on licence from prison.

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Simone Burns, 50, outside Isleworth Crown Court in April, when she was sentenced to six months in prison for assaulting a flight attendant[/caption]

Video footage of Burns’ racist rant was shared on social media – which is said to have made her ‘world fall apart’

A spokesman for Sussex Police told The Telegraph: “The body of a woman found at Beachy Head on June 1 has been identified as Simone Burns from Hove.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious and the next of kin have been informed.

“The matter has been passed to the coroner’s officer.”

The Sun Online could not reach Sussex Police last night for confirmation.


Burns had served less than two months of a six months sentence for being drunk on an aircraft and assaulting Air India cabin crew.

Viral footage of the racist rant showed Burns, of Hove, Sussex, demanding she be served a fourth bottle of wine on her business class flight into London.

It captured her shouting, “I’m a f***ing international lawyer” after she was denied more booze on the flight from Mumbai on November 11 last year.

She screamed: “I have done so much for you f***ing Indians and f***ing Pakistanis, you should be grateful to me.”

Burns also called staff “Indian money-grabbing c**ts” and smoked a cigarette in the toilets during the outburst.


A friend, who wished not to be named, said her “world fell apart” after her conviction in March, the Telegraph reported.

Judge Nicholas Wood told Burns during sentencing on April 4: “The experience of a drunk and irrational person in the confines of an aircraft is frightening.”

He added that “spitting straight into a crew member’s face at close range is a particularly insulting and upsetting act”.

Burns, originally from Belfast and also known by the surname O’Broin, had been diagnosed with skin cancer 18 years ago.

She was awaiting a prosthetic nose at the time of her court appearances, during which she wore a plaster.

During sentencing, the judge said Burns was of “impeccable character” but added: “The fact remains you were abusive, contemptuous, confrontational and used appalling language.”

Burns’ lawyers maintained she had no recollection of the rant – which led to her receiving death threats after footage of it was posted online.

They added that her actions were out of character due to a “mixture of altitude, consumption of drink and anxiety” at missing her uncle’s funeral.


Burns, of Hove, Sussex, served less than two months of her six-month sentence before she was released in May[/caption]

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The lawyer had been filmed ranting at Air India crew members after she was refused a fourth bottle of wine on a business class flight[/caption]

Burns is seen confronting an Air India flight attendant during her tirade in November last year


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