World Cup winner arrested after plane incident

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South Africa rugby subordinate Elton Jantjies was charged Monday with malicious harm to spot and contravening aviation laws aft allegedly breaking a TV surface and swearing astatine chap passengers and unit members connected a formation location from a abrogation successful Turkey, prosecutors said.

The World Cup victor was arrested Sunday erstwhile his formation landed astatine OR Tambo International Airport successful Johannesburg. He was released connected bail the aforesaid time and appeared successful tribunal connected Monday. His lawsuit was postponed until adjacent month.

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The 31-year-old Jantjies was acting successful an unruly mode connected the flight, prosecution spokeswoman Phindi Mjonondwane said. He was arrested erstwhile the level landed aft unit members complained astir his behaviour.

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Elton Jantjes and Eben Etzebeth of South Africa congratulate effort scorer Cobus Reinach of South Africa during the Castle Lager Rugby Championship lucifer betwixt South Africa and Argentina astatine Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium connected August 14, 2021 successful Gqeberha, South Africa. (Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images/Getty Images) (Getty)

During the flight, Jantjies was ordered backmost to his spot successful the concern people country aft breaking a solid that chopped his hand, Mjonondwane said. He is past said to person damaged the TV and a light.

Jantjies was a subordinate of the Springboks' victorious Rugby World Cup squad successful Japan successful 2019, erstwhile helium was backup flyhalf to Handré Pollard.

His agent, James Adams, said successful a connection Sunday that a airy was breached connected the craft but the incidental connected the Emirates formation from Dubai to Johannesburg had been unnecessarily “heightened.”

“Our client, however, remains compliant with the probe process,” Adams said.

Jantjies had been connected a weeklong abrogation with his family. He was flying location unsocial portion they remained successful Turkey, Adams said.

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