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Emma West timeline

Libertarian Alliance

tram-lady1This is a timeline of the events concerning the prosecution and trial of Emma West, who was recorded on video while on a London tram. Her case has previously been the subject of comment here, in particular by Robert Henderson.

In the timeline below I have tried to record the dates relating to her trial and where possible the reasons for its interminable, Kafka-esque delays. My sources for this have been the printed media and a variety of blogs, so it is possible that some details may need amending. Nevertheless, I believe the overall picture of the way the powers-that-be are dealing with this fundamental freedom of speech case is damning. There are now two cases and multiple charges against West. Does anyone know what the current position is regarding these?

Whether anyone agrees with Emma West’s comments or not, she should have the right to voice her opinion in a free society without then having her life effectively put on hold by the marmoreal process of the courts, with the threat of prison and the forcible removal of her children hanging over her head.

27 November 2011
– A video of Emma West recorded on board the tram where she was travelling is placed on YouTube. The incident recorded is believed to have taken place on 28 October.
– Emma West is arrested and charged with two racially-aggravated public order offences.

28 November 2011
– First appearance in court.

6 December 2011
– Bail is denied on the grounds that she is being held in “protective custody” because she and her family are in danger.

7 December 2011- Remanded in custody at HMP Bronzefield, a “restricted status” (between top level Category A and medium level Category B) prison.

13 December 2011
– Bail is granted.

3 January 2012
– Case scheduled.
– Case adjourned.

17 February 2012
– Case scheduled. Emma West appears in court and pleads not guilty.
– A second charge of racially aggravated fear or provocation of violence is laid against West by fellow tram passenger Ena-May Eubanks, who claims that West punched her. West denies that this incident ever happened.
– Case adjourned.

11 May 2012
– Pre-hearing review scheduled.

11 June 2012
– Case scheduled.
– Case adjourned because the CPS is seeking further psychiatric reports.

16 July 2012
– Case scheduled.
– Case adjourned because the CPS is seeking further psychiatric reports.

5 September 2012
– Case scheduled.
– Case adjourned because the CPS is seeking further psychiatric reports.

2 January 2013
– Case scheduled.
– Case adjourned because unspecified expert not available.

3 March 2013
– Emma West is scheduled to appear in court on charges of assaulting two police officers at her home in January 2013. She denies these charges.
– The trial on these charges is rescheduled to the next day.

4 March 2013
– Assault case scheduled for trial.
– Case adjourned.

10 April 2013
– Public order case scheduled for trial.
– Case adjourned for legal reasons.

15 April 2013
– Assault case scheduled for trial.
– ?

10 May 2013
– Public order case listed for mention.
– ?

2 replies »

  1. Asian countries for Asians.

    Black countries for Blacks.

    but White countries for everybody?

    That’s GENOCIDE!

    Anti-racist is a codeword for Anti-White

  2. Asian countries for Asians.

    Black countries for Blacks.

    but White countries for everybody?

    That’s GENOCIDE!

    Anti-racist is a codeword for Anti-White

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