Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'IT WAS A LOTTERY WHICH PATIENTS WERE HARMED...' ; Stepping Hill Murder Trial:. . Jury Told That Nurse Contaminated Saline Bags with

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'IT WAS A LOTTERY WHICH PATIENTS WERE HARMED...' ; Stepping Hill Murder Trial:. . Jury Told That Nurse Contaminated Saline Bags with

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poison before they were given to patients poison before they were given to patients Pat Hurst newsdesk@men-news.co.uk mennewsdesk @ AHOSPITAL nurse murdered three patients and poisoned 18 others by contaminating saline bags and equipment with insulin, a court heard.

Victorino Chua, 49, also deliberately altered the dosages on prescription charts while working as a staff nurse at Stockport's Stepping Hill Hospital, Manchester Crown Court was told.

In all 21 patients suffered as a result of his 'handiwork' with three of them - Tracey Arden, 44, Arnold Lancaster, 71, and Derek Weaver, 83 - murdered, the jury was told. Mr Chua, a Filipino who first came to the UK in 2002 and had worked at Stepping Hill since 2009, sat in the dock listening impassively as Peter Wright QC began outlining the prosecution case against him.

The nurse, of Churchill Street, Heaton Norris, Stockport, has pleaded not guilty to 36 charges in all, including the three alleged murders, one count of grievous bodily harm with intent, 23 counts of attempted grievous bodily harm, eight counts of attempting to cause a poison to be administered and one count of administering a poison. All the offences are said to have happened between June 2011 and January 2012.

Mr Wright said following a massive police investigation a 'pattern' began to emerge and the killer was identified.

He told the jury of 10 men and two women: "The pieces of the forensic jigsaw began to emerge. "The person responsible for each of these matters became increasingly clear.

"It was, we say, Victorino Chua.

"As the investigation intensified, the common denominator, the defendant, was shown in sharper and sharper relief.

"Motive for this course of conduct, whomsoever is responsible, is difficult to determine with precision. Only the person responsible could ever know why they would embark on such conduct."

Mr Wright said it was the prosecution's job to prove Mr Chua was responsible, not to say exactly why, or 'what caused him to turn from a man who had dedicated his life to caring for others, to harming them. …

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