Woman admits racist rant on Tube

 

A woman London Underground passenger has admitted hurling racist abuse at fellow passengers after a video of her appeared on the internet.

Jacqueline Woodhouse, 42, directed an expletive-ridden rant to passengers on the Central Line between St Paul's and Mile End stations on January 23.

Police launched an investigation after a seven minute long video of the verbal assault was uploaded to YouTube.

It has since been viewed more than 200,000 times.

Today at Westminster Magistrates' Court, Woodhouse of Romford, Essex, admitted causing harassment alarm and distress to the man who filmed her - Galbant Juttla.

The video clip begins with Woodhouse shouting in a thick Essex accent: "All f****** foreign f****** s*** heads."

She turns to her passengers and asks: "Where do you come from? Where do you come from? Where do you come from?

"All over the world, f****** jokers. F****** country's a f****** joke.

"I would like to know if any of you are illegal? I am sure like 30% of you are. F****** jokers taking the f****** p***."

She then turns on the Pakistani man sitting next to her, who is singing his national anthem.

"You can f****** sing my f****** dear friend. I hope they f****** catch up with you and shove you off. I will punch you in the face you are a f****** joke.

"Pakistani f****** losers.

"Ninety per cent of you are f****** illegal. I wouldn't mind if you loved our country."

She then turns on Mr Juttla who assures her he would rather be listening to his music than to her ramblings.

"Oh look he's filming, hello. Hello government," she says leaning into the camera.

"Why don't you tell me where you're from?"

He replies: "I am British."

She gets her phone out of her black handbag and looks as if she if filming him too.

"Watch what you are saying," Mr Juttla warns her.

She replies: "I used to live in England and now I live in the United Nations."

As he tells her to keep her mouth shut, adding she has had too much to drink, she becomes extremely agitated and starts screaming.

"It's not your country anyway so what's your problem?" she says.

"It's been overtaken by people like you."

The court heard that Mr Juttla decided to film Woodhouse after she started berating an unidentified black female.

She then sat down between two men and started another barrage of abuse.

After Mr Juttla told her to shut up she continued her drunken ramblings.

Prosecutor Claire Campbell told the court: "She then leaned towards the gentleman sitting next to her and said 'I will have you arrested because you do not live here'.

"The male pushed her away and she fell on to the adjacent seat.

"She stated 'I hope you are not claiming benefits and I hope you pay your taxes'.

"Mr Juttla responded: 'I pay more taxes than you, love'.

"Mr Juttla pulled the emergency alarm fearing an escalation of events and to enable her to be removed from the train."

The court was told that Woodhouse had drunk an "unknown" quantity of champagne at a retirement party before getting on the Tube at 11pm.

Single father of two Mr Juttla, from Ilford, Essex, had been attending a funeral of a close family friend that day.

Ms Campbell said Woodhouse attended Mile End police station following a media campaign.

Woodhouse told police she could not remember the rant but recognised it was her in the video.

She attended court today wearing a black suit and white shirt. She sat in the court with her brow furrowed and her head bowed as the magistrate was shown the video clip.

Ms Campbell told the court that Woodhouse was fined following a similar offence on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) in December 2008.

Ms Campbell said Woodhouse verbally abused a male passenger while on a train to Stratford. She asked whether he had paid taxes adding: "I have had enough of it, why don't they go back to where they come from?"

Outside court Mr Juttla, who runs a print company, said: "I found it very distressing.

"I uploaded it to YouTube because I thought that was the fast track process to catching this person.

"I also needed to show the public that kind of person is out there and not to put up with this kind of behaviour.

"My kids have seen the video and they are disgusted by it. They don't expect for someone to shout abuse at their dad."

Before officers asked him to take the video down, it had been watched 21,000 times. Since duplicates have been made, it has been watched by hundreds of thousands of people.

Mr Juttla added: "She needs to be set an example of. People should look at what happens to her and say 'we can't behave like this in the public domain'."

Woodhouse pleaded guilty to one count of causing racially aggravated "harassment, alarm or distress" by using "threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour".

The prosecution offered no evidence on one charge of racially aggravated common assault.

She will be sentenced at the same court on May 29.

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