CHARGED! Hospital Nurse Facing Six Counts of 'Criminal Intent to Endanger Life'
Byline: PAUL BYRNE
NURSE Rebecca Leighton was last night charged over the hospital insulin poison plot.
She was charged with six counts of causing damage with intent to danger life in connection with the deaths of five patients at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.
Leighton, 27, was arrested on Wednesday at the flat she shares with her boyfriend a mile from Stepping Hill. Detectives had until 9pm last night to question her before having to apply for a further extension.
It was also revealed last night the probe will investigate all the patients who died at the hospital in the past fortnight.
Police were called after 36 plastic containers of saline solution at the hospital were allegedly contaminated with insulin. The inquiry has so far focused on five deaths and the case of a 41-year-old male patient who is seriously ill.
The name of the possible fifth victim was released by police last night. Vera Pearson, 84, from Cheadle, Greater Manchester, died at Stepping Hill, on July 14.
A police spokesman said: "Her death is being reviewed as part of an investigation into the deliberate contamination of products at the hospital."
Her family were last night too upset to talk. Police were already investigating the cases of Tracey Arden, 44, George Keep, 84, and Arnold Lancaster, 71. Mrs Arden died on July 7, Mr Lancaster on July 11 and Mr Keep on July 14. …