A woman shown in a recent YouTube video clip hurling racist abuse at Asian passengers on the London Underground has appeared in court and now faces jail sentence after she admitted to the charge against her.
In the footage that went viral in January, Jacqueline Woodhouse, 42, was shown engaged in an expletive-ridden drunken tirade against Asian "foreigners" on the Central Line between St. Paul's and Mile End stations. The incident happened on January 23.
The video was one of several that emerged online. A previous clip showed Emma West, who was charged with racially aggravated public order offense, abusing passengers. Daily Mail reports another video showed a woman holding a pink rose abusing passengers, and a yet another showed a drunk woman who tried to punch a black passenger but fell over and was thrown off the train.
At Westminster Magistrates' Court, Woodhouse of Romford, Essex, admitted causing "harassment alarm and distress" to the Sikh man Galbant Singh Juttla, who filmed the seven-minute long verbal assault that was uploaded to YouTube and viewed more than 200,000 times.
Digital Journal reported that the video, "in two parts shows a drunken British woman speaking with a heavy cockney accent giving Asian passengers an extended lecture filled with racist expletives. In the video, the woman's drunken tirade, interspersed generously with "f******" continues for seven minutes. She wonders where all the 'foreigners' come from with a look of disgust on her face: 'Where do you come from? F****** like, f****** all over the world.'
"Her accent is so thick that a 'foreigner' unfamiliar with cockney phonetics would strain to follow her speech. She seems particularly concerned about the origin of the Asians. She says: 'I'd like to know if any of you are f****** illegal, I'm sure 30 per cent of you are. It's taking the f****** p***.' She turned to the Pakistani man sitting next to her: 'hope they f****** catch up with you and shove you off...I shall punch you in the f****** face. Ninety per cent of you are f****** illegal. I wouldn't mind if you loved our country.'
"A Pakistani man sings a song in his native language while other passengers laugh at his comic manners. She responded: '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.'"
She notices Juttla filming her and says, "Oh look he’s filming, hello. Hello government," and adds: 'Why don’t you tell me where you’re from?'
Juttla replies: "I am British," and warns her, "Watch what you are saying."
She says: "I used to live in England and now I live in the United Nations."
When Juttla tells her she's had too much to drink she gets angry and begins shouting: "It’s not your country anyway so what’s your problem? It’s been overtaken by people like you."
According to The Sun, Jutttla decided to film Woodhouse after she had verbally attacked a black woman.
Daily Mail reports that Juttla, from Ilford, Essex, at a point in Woodhouse's tirade, pulled the emergency alarm fearing an escalation. Juttla had been attending the funeral of a friend. The court was told that Woodhouse had drunk "an unknown quantity of champagne" at a retirement party before getting on the Tube at 11pm.
The video clip was shown in court while Woodhouse, dressed in a black suit and white shirt, sat with her head bowed and her brow furrowed, Daily Mail reports. According to The Sun, the prosecutor Claire Campbell, said that was not the first time Woodhouse has committed such an offense. She was fined after a similar offense on the Docklands Light Railway in December 2008. According Campbell, Woodhouse attacked a male passenger on a train to Stratford, asking him whether he paid taxes and said, "I have had enough of it, why don’t they go back to where they come from?"
Daily Mail reports that outside court, 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. They don’t expect for someone to shout abuse at their dad." Juttla said: "She needs to be set an example of. People should look at what happens to her and say 'we can’t behaviour like this in the public domain.'"
Woodhouse pleaded guilty to one count of causing racially aggravated "harassment, alarm or distress" using "threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour."
The Sun reports District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe, adjourning the sentence, said: "Bearing in mind the level of abuse, the persistence of the abuse, the number of people on the train unable to leave without aborting their journey, and the children present, means that I think the court has to have a pre-sentence report. I make it clear that all options are open to the sentencing court, including committal or immediate custody."
TNT Magazine reports Woodhouse, who turned herself in to the police after the clip gained notoriety, was banned from the Tube network and ordered to keep a daily curfew between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., and is being monitored by electronic tag.
She will be sentenced on May 29.