Tuesday 11 December, 2018

UPDATE: Trini tried stealing plane in Florida to 'harm himself'

The 22-year-old Trinidadian man who was charged with attempting to steal an American Airlines aircraft from the Orlando Melbourne International Airport was trying to “harm himself”, according to his arrest affidavit.

Nishal Sankat appeared in the Brevard County Court just after 2 pm Friday, slapped with three charges arising out of the incident on Thursday.  

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Sankat, who was appointed a public defender, was ordered held without bond.

FBI Special Agent David Hacker, who spoke at Sankat’s first court appearance, said the 22-year-old told him that his intention behind getting onto the aircraft was to try to harm himself.

Sankat, a student at Florida Institute of Technology, breached a fence on the airport’s compound and boarded the plane. Maintenance employees confronted him in the cockpit and forced him off the plane, detaining him until the authorities arrived.

He was taken into custody by police a few minutes later.

Sankat has been charged with grand theft, burglary and trespassing.

He was denied bail after the State Attorney's Office argued that he was a flight risk.

The 22-year-old is not employed, but receives $5,000 each month from his parents and has citizenship in Canada.

He told the court that he attempted to contact his family but was unable to reach them.

The Hillview College alumni is the son of former UWI St Augustine Campus Principal, Clement Sankat.

The family released a statement on Thursday saying that it was providing support to him. 


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