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