Woman filmed shouting racist abuse on Croydon tram must serve community sentence


Emma West’s tirade has been seen by 11 milion people.


By SWLondoner staff

A woman from New Addington who was filmed shouting racist abuse on a tram between Croydon and Wimbledon has been given a community sentence.

A video of Emma West, 34,was posted on YouTube and has been seen by 11 million people.

At Croydon Crown Court, she admitted racially-aggravated disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment or distress, and was handed a 24-month community order.

The court heard that West was “reeking of alcohol” when she carried out the attack, and a judge said she was clearly suffering from mental health problems at the time of the incident.

“She is essence persecuted a number of passengers on the tram, subjecting them to some disgusting racial abuse,” said prosecutor Julius Capon.

“Some of them described themselves as being disgusted, shocked and horrified.”

The things she said included “you’re not English”, “none of you are English” and “get back to your own countries”.

David Martin-Sperry, defending West, said her offending was out of character, she was taking anti-depressants and she does not harbour any racist views.

Mr Martin-Sperry said she had unwittingly taken two and a half times the recommended dose and drunk a large glass of wine before launching the tirade.

Photo courtesy of BhamUrbanNewsUK via YouTube, with thanks.

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