AN INQUEST will be held into the death of a human rights lawyer jailed for spitting and yelling racist taunts.

Simone Burns, 50, from Hove, was sentenced to six months in April for the racist rant against Air India staff during a flight from Mumbai last year.

She called the cabin crew ‘Indian money-grabbing c***s’, smoked a cigarette in the toilets and then spat in a cabin supervisor’s face in an attack filmed by “shocked” passengers on board the Heathrow-bound jet.

Burns admitted being drunk on an aircraft and assault when she appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court this year.

Burns was found dead at the foot of Beachy Head in East Sussex on June 1, less than two weeks after being released from Bronzefield women’s prison.

An inquest will be held tomorrow at Eastbourne Coroner’s Court.