A BOOZED-up plane passenger racially abused a British Airways cabin crew member and demanded to be served by a “white girl”, a court heard.
Peter Nelson, 46, allegedly launched into a tirade of abuse after being woken up by Sima Patel-Pryke on the 11-hour flight from Heathrow to Rio de Janeiro.
The dad-of-three is accused of telling her: “You Asians think you are better than us, I don’t want to be served by you lot, I’ve paid your wages for the last 20 years.”
Nelson, who lives in a £1.2million home in leafy Ascot, Berks, allegedly reduced the cabin crew member to tears after shouting “very loudly” at her while travelling on business class.
Isleworth Crown Court heard the married IT consultant, who works for pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, had “boozy breath” when the alleged row unfolded.
Cabin crew were ready to restrain him after he “targeted” Ms Patel-Pryke before he was threatened with arrest, it was said.
‘BACKED AWAY IN FRIGHT’
Michael Tanney, prosecuting, said: “It’s no mere mischief to say he bullied and ranted and shouted.
“At one point, after a sustained targeting of her, she begins to back away in fright and became tearful.”
He continued: “Nelson subsequently demanded services in the future only from the white member of the crew.
“He accused the defendant of shouting very loudly to add to the menace that he was exuding…That was when the white girl reference was allegedly made.”
The court was told Nelson “accepts he was tired, petulant, churlish” while on the BA flight on June 2 last year.
But he claims he said he wanted “another one” serving him when referring to the cabin crew worker – and insisted he didn’t use the word “white”.
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Mr Tanney told jurors the claims that he never used “racist language” were a “conspiracy theory”.
Nelson denies one count of racially aggravated abuse.
The trial continues.