August 6, 2013 – 2:54PM
Woman unleashes racist rant A woman has pleaded guilty to using offensive language after this video of her racist verbal attack towards passengers on a bus was uploaded on YouTube.
A Sydney woman has blamed her drunkenness for a profanity-laden racist rant aimed at four strangers, including a schoolboy, during an afternoon bus ride.
Susan Bernobich, 46 of Balmain, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to using offensive language in a public place after she abused passengers on board the M41 bus from Burwood to Campsie in May.
Bernobich said she had “so much remorse” over the incident that she would go on a prime time current affairs show to apologise to those she had offended.
The unemployed mother was charged by police in June after footage of the incident was uploaded onto YouTube by another passenger.
During the unprovoked drunken tirade, Bernobich told a schoolboy of Asian descent to “go back on your f—ing boat” and to “get a passport bro”.
She then told two passengers of Asian descent: “No wonder yous get bashed. Yous are f—ing rude man. Rude as. Get some manners.”
As she exited the bus, Bernobich verbally attacked an elderly Asian woman, telling her she was a “freeloader” and she should “go back to where you came from”.
In her first court appearance at Burwood Local Court on Tuesday, Bernobich pleaded guilty to the one charge.
Documents before the court showed that Bernobich admitted to the entire conversation when questioned by police in June.
“The accused is regretful of her words and actions. She appeared quite distressed by the incident’s public interest,” police facts before the court read.
In a letter to the court, Bernobich said she was under a lot of pressure at the time of her verbal barrage, saying her son was being bullied at school and her ex-partner had been harassing her.
There were also financial pressures, she said, with a $5200 bill from Telstra unpaid while she was unemployed.
“I have so much remorse over this incident [that] I have agreed to apologise on A Current Affair,” her letter reads.
The mother of one said she had also received hate mail, telling her to “watch her back” after footage of her racist rant went public.
Bernobich was placed on a six-month good behaviour bond.