Ryanair abuse man is Birmingham resident
A MAN who was filmed racially abusing an elderly woman on a Ryanair flight has been identified as a resident of a sheltered accommodation in Birmingham.
Delsie Gayle, 77, who was called an “ugly black b******” and told “don’t speak to me in a foreign language, you stupid ugly cow”, will now be able to give police a statement about the incident, her daughter said.
Footage of the incident taken by a fellow passenger was captured on Ryanair flight FR015 at Barcelona Airport on October 19, before it left for London Stansted.
The man has now been named by the Mirror as David Mesher, who lives in Birmingham.
When confronted, Mesher hid behind his front door and refused to apologise to Ms Gale.
He said: “Go away, there’s nothing to say”.
Essex police said they had identified Mesher but did not release his name.
They have passed his details onto their Spanish counterparts who are now leading the investigation.
Meanwhile, Spanish police say they are waiting to receive the complaint by the British pensioner before moving ahead with the investigation.
An Essex police statement read: “We have worked to identify both parties involved in this incident and passed this information to the Spanish authorities, who are lead- ing on this investigation. Our officers will continue to provide assistance where necessary throughout the course of this case.”
A Spanish police spokesman confirmed they were waiting to receive the formal complaint from the victim so they could launch a formal investigation.
The spokesman said they had been contacted by British police to say paperwork was being sent but they didn’t expect it to arrive for a few days.
Ms Gayle has since spoken out about her ordeal which has sparked widespread outrage.
She argued “if I had done that to him I’m sure they would have called the police”.
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