The island of Antigua and Carnival Cruise Lines were pushed into the spotlight last month when six passengers from the Carnival Victory were thrown into jail for allegedly attacking police officers after an argument with a taxi driver about the size of the fare.
Five of the six accused have decided to plead guilty to the charges which include malicious damage and battery. A number of Antiguan police officers testified at the trial saying that the cruise line passengers started to behave in a very aggressive manner after the cab driver had driven them to the police station to report their refusal to pay his bill. One female officer said that she had been kicked in the stomach whilst trying to help a fellow officer during the brawl.
All of the cruisers claim that they were trying to defend themselves and Rachael Henry, one of the defendants, has testified that all but one of their attackers were wearing civilian clothes causing the group to think that they were being robbed. The police officers have said that during the fracas the cruisers threw punches, chocked them and pulled on their hair.
The sentencing of five of the six cruisers will take place later today.