Socialite cleared of plane drink charge

A SOCIALITE accused of letting a stranger fondle her breasts during a flight was today cleared of being drunk on board an aircraft.

A SOCIALITE accused of letting a stranger fondle her breasts during a flight was today cleared of being drunk on board an aircraft.

Mother-of-one Clare Irby, a descendant of the Guinness brewing family, was accused of drinking up to 12 glasses of red wine on the flight from Bangalore, India, to London's Heathrow Airport on March 26.

But the jury of eight men and four women at Isleworth Crown Court took just 40 minutes to unanimously find her not guilty of being drunk on board an aircraft.

During the trial Miss Irby, 30, of Fulham, west London, denied being drunk, saying she was suffering from sleep deprivation after getting only two and a half hours' sleep in 48 hours.