The Ryanair passenger who racially abused a Windrush immigrant is a former railway worker described as a ‘weirdo’ by his neighbours, MailOnline can reveal.
David Mesher was identified by his neighbours and a former work colleague as the man at the centre of the shocking video.
Delsie Gayle, 77, was called an ‘ugly black b*****d’ by a fellow passenger after they boarded a flight in Barcelona last week, but he was not removed from the plane.
He was also filmed shouting ‘don’t speak to me in a f****** foreign language’ while on board the plane.
Ryanair has been criticised for its handling of the incident as the man was not kicked off the flight nor were the authorities in Spain informed about the incident. Instead, Ms Gayle was moved to another aisle while Mesher continued to sit in his own seat.
Last night Mesher hid behind the front door of his sheltered accommodation flat in Birmingham when confronted by Mail Online.
He refused to apologise for his vile rant towards 77-year-old Delise Gayle and said: ‘Go away, there’s nothing to say.’
Neighbours at the block of flats in Yardley Wood, Birmingham, described him as a ‘weirdo’ and a ‘bully’.
Essex Police revealed this morning that the force had now identified the white man – although the case is now being led by detectives in Spain.
An Essex Police spokesman said today: ‘We have worked to identify both parties involved in this incident and passed this information to the Spanish authorities, who are leading on this investigation.
‘Our officers will continue to provide assistance where necessary throughout the course of this case.’
Until his retirement Mesher worked as a train announcer for London Midland Railways.
He had previously worked at Waterloo Station in London in the main ticket office as an employee of British Rail.
A former colleague told MailOnline he was stunned to recognise 70-year-old Mesher on the video that has been seen worldwide and condemned by MPs and Downing Street.
The colleague said: ‘It is 30 years since I last worked with David and he was not like the person you see on the video.
‘He was in the ticket office at Waterloo station and was always so polite. He would not be rude to anyone, otherwise he would not have been dealing with the public.
‘It was a real shock to see him and the vile language that the used. He should be condemned for that. It was awful. That isn’t the David Mesher I remember when we worked together.’
Mesher also worked in Essex and lived with his elderly mum until her death. He has never married.
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Source: Daily Mail