Woman admits racist rant on Tube train

Passenger admits Tube racist rant

A woman has admitted racially harassing a fellow Tube passenger after a video of her appeared on the internet.

Jacqueline Woodhouse, 42, was filmed delivering an expletive-ridden rant on a Central Line train travelling between St Paul's and Mile End on 23 January.

A seven-minute long video of the incident was uploaded to YouTube.

Woodhouse, of Romford, Essex, admitted racially aggravated intentional harassment, at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

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

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

The judge told Woodhouse she was "not ruling out a custodial sentence".

'Very distressing'

The court heard Woodhouse's rant was aimed at Galbant Juttla, the man who filmed the tirade.

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People should look at what happens [Woodhouse] and say 'we can't behave like this in the public domain'”

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Mr Juttla, of Ilford, east London, decided to film the incident on his mobile phone after Woodhouse berated a black female passenger, before sitting down between two men and ranting, the court heard.

She was returning from a retirement party where she had consumed an "unknown" quantity of champagne, the court heard.

Mr Juttla, who was returning from a funeral of a family friend, asked Woodhouse to stop rambling because she was drunk.

Prosecutor Claire Campbell said: "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."

'Disgusted by it'

Days after the video was posted online Woodhouse went to police voluntarily but said she could not remember the incident.

Following the hearing Mr Juttla 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.

"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'."

In 2008 Woodhouse was fined following a similar offence on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), the court heard.

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