Pictured: British mother, 53, arrested ‘after falling over drunk in Gibraltar airport departure lounge while in charge of her three young children’
- Police were called to Gibraltar Airport on Sunday to help an ambulance crew
- A couple, named locally as Dean and Kim Morley, were arrested at the scene
- They have now pleaded not guilty to being intoxicated whilst caring for children
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This is the first picture of the British mother who has denied a charge of being drunk in charge of her children at Gibraltar airport.
Bank clerk Kim Morley, 53, was arrested on Sunday night after she allegedly fell over in the departures lounge while waiting for a flight home.
Her lorry driver husband Dean Morley, 54, was also arrested at the airport and later charged with the same offence.
The couple from Hailsham, East Sussex, are believed to have been waiting to board an easyJet flight back to Gatwick with their three children after a family holiday.
Kim Morley, 53, was arrested on Sunday along with her husband as they passed through Gibraltar Airport
Airport staff allegedly called police for assistance after Mrs Morley fell over in the modern terminal building overlooking Gibraltar’s famous rock.
The couple were taken to the New Mole House police station for questioning and held overnight in custody after being arrested.
They were later charged with being intoxicated whilst in charge of a child at the airport which serves the British overseas territory.
Mrs Morley was further charged with causing criminal damage by tearing the shirt of an officer from the Royal Gibraltar Police.
They appeared on Monday before a magistrate at the Gibraltar Law Courts and were bailed to appear before the court again next Monday.
Both denied being intoxicated whilst in charge of a child, but Mrs Morley admitted the criminal damage charge.
The British couple were arrested by police in Gibraltar Airport (pictured in file photo)
Bail was granted after they agreed to surrender a recognizance penalty of £500 each if they did not return to the court.
Mr Morley is said to have reacted angrily at the court, saying that the local authorities had no right to detain him.
He demanded to know if it meant that someone was ‘intoxicated’ simply because they were over the drink-drive limit.
The couple were not legally represented during the hearing and were advised to find a solicitor before they returned to court.
Their children were passed by police into the temporary care of Gibraltar’s social services on Sunday night.
It was confirmed that two of the children were aged under 13.
The couple are thought to have been reunited with their children after the court hearing.
But officials at Gibraltar’s social services department today refused to comment about the case or confirm what had happened to the children.
A spokesman for the court said that Mr and Mrs Morley would face warrants for their arrest if they failed to return to court.
The couple appeared before magistrates yesterday and will return to court on Monday
No order was made for them to surrender their passports, meaning that they were free to leave Gibraltar after the hearing.
A Royal Gibraltar Police spokesman said in an earlier statement: ‘A 54 year old man and a 53 year old woman, both British nationals, were arrested for being intoxicated whilst in charge of a child.
‘Police were called to the Gibraltar International Airport to assist a GHA ambulance crew who were having difficulties with a female passenger who had fallen over in the departures lounge.
‘On arrival, the officers noted that the female and her husband, who were due to fly out later that night with their three young children, were both intoxicated.
‘Both individuals were arrested for being intoxicated whilst in charge and of a child and conveyed to New Mole House police station.
‘Both individuals have been charged with being intoxicated while in charge of a child. The female has been additionally charged with criminal damage.
‘It is understood the family were due to flight out of Gibraltar but neither their destination or airport have yet been revealed.’