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Racist rant on tram charge woman to spend Christmas in jail for her own safety

THE WOMAN accused of spewing out a vile racist rant on a tram is to stay in jail for Christmas for her own safety.

Emma West’s bail application was refused by Croyden Magistrates Court after the judge heard that she had received death threats and her address had been circulated on Facebook and Twitter.

The 34-year-old dental nurse broke down in the dock as a video allegedly showing her racially abusing fellow passengers on a busy tram was played out to a courtroom.

She has been charged with a racially aggravated public order offence and is due to appear in court again on January 3 2012.

She bowed her head and sobbed as the three magistrates watched the footage, which has now been seen more than 11 million times online.

After the foul-mouthed video was played to the packed court, the court clerk asked West how she wanted to plead.

"Not guilty," she said.

For most of the time the video was played, around two minutes and 20 seconds, she was doubled over, out of sight from the public gallery.

Friends and family gathered to give her support.

West was arrested last Monday after the footage was posted on YouTube.