A MAN racially abused a receptionist at the Countess of Chester Hospital and told her to ‘go back to Poland’ – even though she comes from North East England.
Danny Buckley, 22, failed to show up for his trial at West Cheshire Magistrates Court and was convicted in his absence. A warrant has now been issued for his arrest.
Magistrates were told Buckley was drunk when he turned up at the hospital at about 1.30am on June 24 with bleach in his eye.
Witnesses told the court Buckley – who was with two other men – became increasingly aggressive towards hospital workers as he was waiting to be seen.
Neil Audley, prosecuting, said Buckley repeatedly demanded to see a doctor immediately.
Mr Audley said Buckley, of Stamford Road in Blacon, was seen by a nurse who gave him a solution to wash his eye but still demanded to see a doctor and became abusive when the receptionist asked him to wait.
The court heard that he began shouting racial abuse at the receptionist after she refused to give him her NHS number as he mistakenly believed it was needed to put in a complaint.
He shouted at her: “You don’t have an NHS number because you aren’t British. You’re Polish, not British and you should go back to where you came from.”
The receptionist told Buckley she wasn’t Polish and Buckley replied: “What would you know you are just a servant, just a receptionist.”
The court heard how she felt intimidated by his behaviour and the security guards decided to ring the police and refuse Buckley treatment. He was asked to leave the hospital and was arrested outside.
Buckley was interviewed and told officers he became angry with the lack of treatment. He said he had got bleach in his eye while “messing about” with friends.
He claimed the receptionist was difficult with him and words were exchanged but denied saying anything racist.
Magistrates found him guilty in his absence and issued a warrant for his arrest so he can be sentenced.