NURSE ‘KILLED THREE PA­TIENTS’ He poi­soned medicine, court told

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DEATHS: Step­ping Hill Hos­pi­tal A HOS­PI­TAL nurse mur­dered three pa­tients and poi­soned 18 oth­ers by con­tam­i­nat­ing saline bags and am­poules with in­sulin, a jury heard.

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

In all, 21 pa­tients suf­fered as a re­sult of his ac­tions with three of them mur­dered: Tracey Ar­den, 44, Arnold Lan­caster, 71, and Derek Weaver, 83, ju­rors heard.

Chua, a Filipino, first came to the UK in 2002 and worked at Step­ping Hill since 2009.

He has pleaded not guilty to 36 charges in all, in­clud­ing the three al­leged mur­ders.

The other charges are made up of one count of griev­ous bod­ily harm with in­tent, 23 of at­tempted griev­ous bod­ily harm, eight of at­tempt­ing to cause a poi­son to be ad­min­is­tered and one of ad­min­is­ter­ing a poi­son.

All of the of­fences are said to have hap­pened be­tween June 2011 and Jan­uary 2012.

Pros­e­cu­tor Peter Wright said: “As the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­ten­si­fied, the com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor, the de­fen­dant, was shown in sharper and sharper re­lief.”

Mr Wright said it was the pros­e­cu­tion’s job to prove 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”.

The court heard Chua worked on two wards at the hos­pi­tal, but it was a “lot­tery” as to which pa­tients were harmed, with the saline bags and am­poules con­tam­i­nated with in­sulin by him then used by un­sus­pect­ing staff on in­no­cent pa­tients.

The trial continues.

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