CHARGED AND ARRESTED: Elizabeth Ward-Buck
A WOMAN is scheduled to appear before magistrates later this month after footage emerged online of her allegedly shouting abuse at a Nigerian student at Ipswich Hospital on February 2.
Elizabeth Ward-Buck was filmed allegedly yelling abuse to University Campus Suffolk student Gina Thompson in front of patients and staff at the accident and emergency department of the hospital on February 2.
The 51-year-old Ward-Buck, from Suffolk, was arrested on February 2 and charged with two counts of racially aggravated assault, two counts of common assault, and one count of assaulting a police officer on February 3.
Ward-Buck was filmed at the hospital saying: “What has happened to this f**king country?”
WARNING: Video contains strong language
The footage, which was uploaded on video sharing website YouTube on February 4, then shows her speaking directly to Thompson – who was accompanied by her friend from Spain while awaiting to be seen to after spraining her ankle playing sport – saying: “You’re coming over here and you’re pleading poverty. We are paying taxes you a***holes and we are going down in this crisis.”
Thompson, a film and media student from Port Harcourt, Nigeria, replied: “Don't call me an a***hole.”
“I will, because you're coming over here and you're pleading poverty. I am not well,” Ward-Buck responded.
Ward-Buck was then apprehended by nurses, paramedics and security guards.
Thompson told The Daily Mail: “I’m an international student and I pay £13,000 a year in tuition fees. My friend is a student here from Spain.”
Suffolk Constabulary confirmed that Ward-Buck was arrested and charged following the incident.
A Suffolk Constabulary spokesperson told The Voice: “Elizabeth Ward-Buck, 51 years from Eastward Ho, Leiston, Suffolk has been charged with assault on police officer, two counts of racially aggravated assault and two counts of assault, she will appear before Ipswich Mags Court on 20 February 2013.”