Last week I blogged about the horrific video of a woman on a tram being racist to fellow passengers on a tram. The video has been viewed over eleven million times on YouTube and has caused worldwide revulsion.
The woman at the centre of the video, Emma West, was arrested last week and has been remanded in custody since “for her own safety”. She has yet to be sentenced but if that is what the judge is thinking now, what will happen when she is sentenced? Will she be given a custodial sentence, again for her own safety? It seems likely.
Then yesterday a story broke about Rhea Page: Girl Gang Freed .
So let me get this right. You can shout “kill the white slag”, batter a woman black and blue all over her body and head and left pretty much leave her for dead on the pavement and get a suspended sentence “because as a Muslim you are not used to the effects of alcohol”. The gang weren’t even charged with racial aggravation, but just with actual bodily harm.
Shout and scream racially offensive language, get locked up. Beat somebody up whilst being racially abusive and get let off?
How is that?
Rhea is still suffering panic attacks and flashbacks, is still having counselling and as a result has had to give up her job looking after people with autism.
Yet yesterday afternoon one of the accused posted on Twitter “Happy, Happy, Happy. I am so going out. Today was been a great day”.
This is justice? What sort of a world do we live in where this is right?