YouTube footage led to perpetrator handing themselves in to Police
Jacqueline Woodhouse was filmed by another passenger delivering a 7 minute tirade of verbal abuse, directed at him and other passengers. Galbant Juttla uploaded the footage to YouTube having told Woodhouse ‘to keep her mouth shut and that she had had too much to drink.’ The film was viewed more than 200,000 times on the website.
Woodhouse handed herself into police, telling them she could not remember the comments but recognised herself in the video.
She admitted racially aggravated intentional harassment in court and was sentenced to 21 weeks in prison and a 5 year Asbo.
Condemning Woodhouse's outburst, District Judge Michael Snow 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.”
"The train was packed with people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds," he added. "The people included children."
"She became loud, foul-mouthed and aggressive. She targeted her behaviour at those who weren't white.”
"She threatened violence against more than one person and it took place over a prolonged period."
He added her "grossly offensive" language reflected her hostility to her fellow passengers.
The judge told Woodhouse she would serve half her prison term behind bars and imposed an order banning her from using the Tube and the Docklands Light Railway while drunk, for a five-year period.
Mr Juttla said of the incident "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'."