New date for trial of alleged Croydon tram ‘racist’ Emma West
5 March, 2013
A new date has been set for the trial of a woman accused of racially abusing passengers on a busy Croydon tram.
Emma West, 35, was charged with two racially aggravated public order offences after a video of the incident was posted on YouTube in November 2011.
When the case was adjourned in January, because an expert who needed to attend was not available, it was the fourth time the trial had failed to start. Other hearings in June, July and then September had all been put back.
West, of Grenville Road, New Addington, is now due to stand trial on April 9.
The YouTube video, called my Tram Experience and filmed on a tram travelling between Croydon and Wimbledon, was watched by more than 11 million people after it was uploaded.
Croydon Crown Court had previously heard that West had taken a double dose of medication at the time of the incident which is believed to have occurred on October 18, 2011. Previous trial dates were set back for further psychiatric reports to be produced.
West was due to appear at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Monday charged with assaulting two police officers at her home on March 3, 2012.
The mother-of-two, who denies all the charges against her, was bailed in her absence.
The case has been rescheduled for April 15, after her crown court trial.
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