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Quoting: john daly
Quoting: Ron Johnston
[I]Wednesday, May 30, 2012 » 06:03am
A drunk passenger who hurled racist abuse at fellow travellers on a London underground train in a tirade that became an internet sensation has been jailed for 21 weeks.
Jacqueline Woodhouse, 42, launched an expletive-laden rant at passengers on the Central line, telling those seated near her: ’I used to live in England and now I live in the United Nations.’
A seven-minute video of the verbal assault was uploaded to YouTube and viewed more than 200,000 times.
Condemning her showdown, District Judge Michael Snow at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in central London, said: ’Anyone viewing it would feel a deep sense of shame that our citizens could be subject to such behaviour who may, as a consequence, believe that it secretly represents the views of other white people.’
Woodhouse was fined following a similar offence in 2008.
In the video of her latest foul-mouthed outburst, filmed by businessman Galbant Juttla, Woodhouse can be heard shouting in a thick Essex accent.
Prosecutor Claire Campbell said Woodhouse, who has since lost her job and is now claiming benefits, began her stream of abuse after a retirement party when she was feeling a little ’worse for wear’. She had drunk an unknown quantity of champagne.
Woodhouse sat with her head bowed as CCTV footage of the prolonged rant between St Paul’s and Mile End stations was played to the court.
In it she could be seen turning to the Pakistani man sitting next to her, who is singing his national anthem.
Ron. you don’t add any comment of your own,as this is in every newspaper, word for word and on every tv. news channel what exactly is your point of posting this?. [/I]
I’m sorry John but I dont watch UK TV or read your papers, but I think the simple question "What next?" was intended to ellicit a point of view from people actually living in the UK. Was the sentence imposed too harsh or not. From what I understood on YouTube, apart from the beeped out words which I took to be bad language, the woman was merely stating a fact. I woulod never have tyhought that a person could be sent to jail for stating a fact!
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