Emma West pleads guilty to racially abusing passengers on Croydon tram

EMMA West has pleaded guilty to hurling racist abuse at passengers on a  crowded Croydon tram.

The mother-of-two had maintained her innocence for nearly two years despite  her rant being caught on camera and then watched by 11 million people after the  video was posted on YouTube.

 GUILTY: Emma West; Emma West’s racist rant was watched by more than  11 million people after it was posted online

But at Croydon Crown Court yesterday (Monday) the 35-year-old dramatically  changed her plea.

Her legal team had argued that West did not want to plead guilty for fear of  being branded a racist.


Right wing groups such as the National Front and British National Party had  adopted her cause after she was charged with a racially aggravated public order  offence in November 2011.

West’s barrister said their support – including sending her flowers and  cheques – had “greatly distressed” his client and led her try and take her own  life.

Her deteriorating mental health led to concerns for her safety and that of  her family, fears which were realised last month when she stabbed her husband  Ricky Metson with a knife – while on bail – after he intervened in her latest  attempt to self-harm.

Mr Metson suffered superficial injuries after incident at their home in  Grenville Road, New Addington, on May 15.

The following day West appeared at Croydon Magistrates’ Court and was  remanded in custody after pleading guilty to actual bodily harm and assaulting a  police officer.

It was during a bail hearing in relation to this case that she changed her  plea after both the prosecution and defence agreed to a compromise suggested by  Judge Warwick McKinnon,  the Recorder of Croydon, who had previously said the  20-month legal process was in danger of “spiraling out of control”.

West had denied racially aggravated intentional harassment on a tram  travelling between Croydon and Wimbledon between September 30 and November 28,  2011.

However, she has now pleaded guilty to a lesser offence of racially  aggravated harassment, alarm or distress, which crucially does not include  mention of ‘intent’.

Unlike the original charge, which may have led to a custodial sentence, this  is a summary offence normally dealt with by a magistrates’ court by way of a  fine.

Both guilty pleas can now be revealed after a reporting restriction  preventing details of the tram incident from being published was lifted.

West’s trial had been adjourned five times, most recently on April 9, amid  debate as to whether she was fit to stand.

Other hearings in June, July and then September last year were put back, as  well as a scheduled trial date in January.

West, who has suffered from depression since she was 18, was admitted to a  psychiatric ward in Foxley Lane, Purley, in September 2011.

Following her release she had been receiving support at the Tamworth Road  Resource Centre, in West Croydon.

It was as West returned from one of these sessions with her four-year-old son  that racially abused passengers in a packed tram.

Her barrister, David Martin-Sperry, told the court during an earlier hearing  that she had taken double the recommended dose of antidepressant Citalopram  which had caused her to have “unusual” ideas.

A passenger recorded her bemoaning the impact of immigration on “her  Britain”.

On the video, called My Tram Experience, she turns to one commuter and says:  “You aren’t English”

She then looks around the carriage and shouts: “None of you are *******  English. Get back to your own ******* countries.”

With her son in her arms, who can be seen playing with a toy, another  passenger intervenes: “Excuse me dear, there are little kids on the tram.”

“So What? I’ve got a little kid here,” replies West, who then dares the  woman, who is black, to throw her off the tram before shouting: “Go back to  ******* Nicaragua, or wherever you come from.”

West added: “You aren’t British, you’re black.”

Still holding her child, West turns and points at the passengers behind her:  “Someone’s got to talk up for these lot. Look, the whole ******* tram, look at  them.”

Another passenger asks: “What’s wrong with that?”

The woman replies: “Because it’s all black and ******* brown people.”

West was arrested after the video was posted online on November 28. She was  charged with a racially aggravated public order offence.

A second charge was added after tram passenger Ena-May Eubanks complained  West had punched her.

The prosecution is expected to offer no evidence to both charges after the  compromise was struck.

West was bailed to return to Croydon Crown Court to be sentenced for the tram  rant, and the assaults on her husband and the police officer, on July 1.

For the full story see this week’s Croydon Advertiser, out on Friday (June  7).

WARNING: The below video contains explicit language that some may find  offensive.


I understand That Woman Very Well.. There is a pressure a big pressure into it…such can bring it to the edge where that woman is actually standing and saying how much she is upset of the turn out of her country, when still a few decades ago.. she wasn’t “A Minorities”

She Spend Time In Jail for all she said, all she said didn’t deserve to be Jail…they fall on her very hard.. unfairly hard.. to give what, that the new minorities has To SHUT UP !

I’m happy for her that soon it will be over and that hopefully can go on with her life…





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