A pensioner who unleashed a racist tirade at a black woman on a Ryanair flight will not be prosecuted.
David Mesher, 70, hurled vile abuse at 77-year-old Delsie Gayle, calling her an ‘ugly black b*****d’ during a row on a plane in Barcelona.
But Mesher later claimed he was not racist and said he lost his temper during a dispute over seats on the aircraft last October.
Mesher (pictured) hurled racist abuse at Delsie Gayle in a vile tirade that went viral but lawyers say he will not face prosecution
A fellow passenger filmed him abusing Ms Gayle and flight staff then reported him to Essex Police when the flight touched down at Stansted.
West Midlands Police interviewed Mesher at his sheltered housing complex in Birmingham.
After a four-month UK police probe, Mirror Online has revealed that the investigation has been shelved because lawyers ruled the offence can only be prosecuted in Spain.
Ms Gayle (pictured with her daughter, Carol, on Good Morning Britain) said that the abuse she suffered left her feeling depressed
Spanish police are understood to have passed a file to prosecutors in the country after Essex Police said that it sought advice from the Crown Prosecution Service.
Windrush pensioner Ms Gayle said in the aftermath of her ordeal that she felt ‘really depressed about it’, adding: ‘I go to my bed and say, “What have I done?”
‘I haven’t done anything for you to attack me. Because of the colour of my skin I was abused like that.’
Mesher appeared on Good Morning Britain shortly after the row and insisted that he was not racist.
‘I’m not a racist person by any means and it was just a fit of bad temper at the time,’ he said.
Addressing Mrs Gayle, he said: ‘I apologise for all the distress you’ve had there and since.’
He said he lost his temper as a result of Mrs Gayle not seeming to want to get up when he needed to reach the window seat.
‘I said I’ve got to get to the window seat and there didn’t seem to be any response,’ he said. ‘And then I asked her again, I said I have to get to the window seat and she didn’t seem to want to get up..or she didn’t seem to …then I probably lost my temper a bit and I ordered her to get up.’