A woman who says she had to fight off a racist tirade from a man who had flown to Canada has told a court that he used “unfortunate language”.
Sarah Kuta-Gould, a journalist from New Zealand, told a Perth court on Thursday that her flight to Toronto from Japan was delayed because of a “large amount of people”.
She said the man, who was wearing a T-shirt that said “We’re all black”, began shouting “you’re going to hell, you’re going crazy”, and threatened to “beat the crap out of you”.
“I felt intimidated,” Ms Kuta‑Gould told the court.
“I didn’t know what to do.”
The court heard Ms Kutsa‑Gaulds said she had been warned by other passengers and police about the man before boarding the plane, but that she felt “unsafe”.
The court was told the man’s outburst was so loud and repeated that he “woke people up”.
“You can be pretty sure that if you’re in this situation, you will be physically assaulted,” Judge Michael Jolliffe told Ms Kutesa‑Grould.
“The fact that you have to confront him, he said, is not something that you would do lightly.”
The judge said the woman had experienced “a very real and severe emotional stress” as a result of the incident.
“You will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, you may have been bullied, you are not known by your family or friends, you have been ostracised by your friends and family,” he said.
“It’s a very difficult and distressing time.”
The woman told the judge she had already been through a traumatic experience in her life as a woman, with the result of being sexually assaulted as a teenager.
The judge asked if she was aware of any support services available to victims of racial abuse.
“Yes,” Ms Gaulds responded.
“And that’s not all.”
“You are going to get punched, you’ll get kicked,” he told her.
The man, from Perth, was charged with a racially aggravated offence and released without bail. “
We expect you to be a good citizen, you need to do the right thing.”
The man, from Perth, was charged with a racially aggravated offence and released without bail.
The court has been told he has had “some contact” with the woman and “had a brief discussion” with her in a hotel room.
Ms KutoGauld said she would like to have her story aired to the media.
“My story is my story,” she said.
The woman was one of three women from New South Wales who flew to Toronto to attend a conference on race and policing.