Tube rant accused locked up
A WOMAN accused of racially abusing fellow passengers on a busy tram watched a film of her alleged rant in court yesterday.
Emma West, 34, appeared at Croydon Magistrates’ Court charged with a racially aggravated public order offence.
She cried as the three magistrates watched the footage, which has now been seen 11 million times.
An administrative error earlier led to Ms West entering a not guilty plea. The court file was later amended to show she has not yet pleaded and she was remanded in custody until January 3.
The defendant, of New Addington, was arrested after the footage, filmed on a Croydon to Wimbledon tram, was posted on Youtube.
A bail application was denied to protect her safety. She was remanded in custody to appear by videolink for a committal hearing at Croydon Magistrates’ Court.