A plane passenger who called a 77-year-old woman an "ugly black b******" will not face criminal charges in the UK following an abusive outburst on a Stansted-bound flight.
Essex Police confirmed on Monday prosecutors have no authority to bring charges against David Mesher over a racist rant he directed at Delsie Gayle on a flight from Barcelona to London's Stansted Airport in October.
The force says it asked the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to investigate potential powers that could be used to prosecute Mr Mesher. It said the CPS is unable to prosecute Mr Mesher as the incident did not happen in the United Kingdom.
Essex Police said it has "completed a thorough investigation into reports a woman was subjected to racial verbal abuse on a stationary plane at Barcelona Airport."
The force added it has completed inquiries as far as it is "legally able to," and is in contact with "Spanish legal authorities so that they can determine how they wish to proceed.”
Footage recorded by other passengers on flight FR015 shows Mr Mesher directing racist abuse at Ms Gayle and shouting “don’t talk to me in a foreign language you stupid ugly cow."
He was not removed from the flight and Ms Gayle moved to another seat on the aircraft. Ryanair later apologised to Mrs Gayle for its handling of the incident.
At the time of the incident, the airline said in a statement the remarks are "regrettable and unacceptable," and it had referred the matter to British authorities. The airline said any investigation would have its "full cooperation and assistance."
Mr Mesher later apologised to Mrs Gayle in an interview with ITV's Good Morning Britain. He blamed the outburst on "a fit of temper," stating he is "not a racist person by any means."
But Ms Gayle and her daughter, Carol Gayle, rejected his apology.
Speaking to ITV News she said: "It's going to take a long time for me to get over it."
Her daughter added: "It's still a lot to take in."