January 25, 2006 Abusive colonel to blame for 'berserk on flight' trial By Adam Fresco AN ARMY colonel who was cleared yesterday of going âberserkâ on a flight home from Thailand after drinking alcohol was told that he had brought the prosecution on himself. Peter Roberts, 51, the British defence attachÃ© in Thailand, was accused of hurling abuse at other passengers and threatening to kill cabin staff, and had to have his wrists and ankles bound to restrain him, Isleworth Crown Court, in West London, was told. When the colonelâs defence team made an application for costs after the jury returned its not-guilty verdict, the judge refused, saying that the defendant had consumed an excessive amount of alcohol. Judge Usha Karu said: âI took a view when I heard the evidence that the defendant had consumed alcohol to an extent which was excessive and, having done so knowing he was also on antidepressants, he brought the matter on himself.â The judge clarified her remarks, saying that Colonel Roberts had suffered adverse effects on a previous occasion when taking alcohol with his prescription drug. His defence costs are expected to run into thousands of pounds. Colonel Roberts was returning from a fact-finding trip to the scene of the tsunami in Thailand when he is said to have started swearing at other passengers. In one mid-air tirade about Thailand, the colonel, who is a Thai speaker, was said to have yelled: âF*** this country, f*** the King, f*** Buddha.â His solicitor, Look Chih Wang, issued a statement on his behalf and said that he wanted to apologise to all those who were âaffected by his behaviour and offended by his remarksâ. Mr Wang said: âColonel Roberts has been found not guilty of this offence because he was not in fact drunk. His behaviour was due to a temporary abnormality of function caused by long-term chronic stress, tsunami-related post-traumatic stress, sleep deprivation and a combination of the antidepressant Seroxat and alcohol. The Ministry of Defence said that Colonel Roberts, of Passfield, Hampshire, would continue in his post. The colonel told the court that his Thai doctor had not told him to avoid mixing Seroxat with alcohol. He had witnessed harrowing scenes after the tsunami that had caused him to suffer from flashbacks. john Now if PTP hadn't banned the story way back when. John could have told what has taken months to cum out in UK.