Video: Tube race rant woman Jacqueline Woodhouse jailed

12:56 29 May 2012

Jacqueline Woodhouse was jailed after being filmed having a racist rant while travelling on the Central line of the Tube

Jacqueline Woodhouse was jailed after being filmed having a racist rant while travelling on the Central line of the Tube

Archant

A drunk passenger who hurled racist abuse at fellow Tube travellers in a tirade that went viral on the internet has been jailed for 21 weeks.

BEWARE - THE VIDEO CONTAINS PROLONGED STRONG AND OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE

Jacqueline Woodhouse, 42, launched an expletive-filled 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.

The incident happened between Mile End and St Paul’s station at around 11pm on January 23. It was filmed by businessman Galbant Juttla, from Ilford,

Condemning Woodhouse, of Mercury Gardens, Romford, District Judge Michael Snow at Westminster Magistrates’ Court 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.”

At a previous hearing Woodhouse admitted a single count of racially aggravated, intentional harassment to cause alarm or distress.

The judge told Woodhouse she would serve half her prison term behind bars and imposed an order banning her from London Underground stations and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) - or using the Tube or DLR - while drunk, for a five-year period.

Rejecting suggestions by Woodhouse’s legal team that she felt “deeply ashamed” of her behaviour, the judge added: “I find that assertion very difficult to believe.

“She initially pleaded not guilty. She changed her plea to guilty one day before her trial.

“By this time, she had victimised the witnesses twice over by causing them the inevitable worry of having to give evidence and coming into contact with her again.”

Woodhouse was fined following a similar offence on the DLR in December 2008.

Prosecutor Claire Campbell said former secretary 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.

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