A teenager taken to hospital for treatment for a stab wound refused help from a doctor because he was black. Zena Edwards, 18, was part of a police raid on her flat in Rhyl earlier this month and the officers discovered that she had been stabbed when they searched her property. They also discovered a small amount of cocaine on her person, but took her to hospital for the wound to be treated where she was greeted by the unnamed doctor and told him: “You can’t clean it; you are dirty yourself.” She was drunk when she was discovered, and was aggressive with officers spitting in their faces and hurling abuse at then, but it was her racist abuse directed at the doctor who was trying to treat her that has shocked the North Wales town she resides in.
Edwards reportedly did not know how she had received the wound because she was drunk and high at a party when the stabbing is presumed to have taken place. The police officers noticed the injury to her back when she stood up to get a drink of water and as they tried to place handcuffs on her she is understood to have spat in their faces and threatened to headbutt them. She was then taken to St Asaph police station and then to the emergency department at Glan Clwyd Hospital, where the abuse continued. James Neary, prosecuting, said that Detective Constables Gemma Smith and Kelly Taylor-Jones, executed the search warrant and then took her to the hospital where “Other patients were clearly alarmed."
Edwards pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence, two charges of assaulting police officers and one of possessing a small amount of cocaine. At Llandudno magistrates’ court District Judge Gwyn Jones told the 18-year-old: “A doctor working in hospital should not have to be subjected to such appalling behaviour" but Andy Hutchinson, defending the teen, said “She is not a racist but it was a poor choice of words." He told the court she wished to apologise to the doctor and all present. Edwards was handed a 12-month community punishment and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, and was also fined £250 must pay the doctor and police officers £150 each in compensation as well as £85 in costs and an £85 surcharge.