Killer nurse: I am innocent
"Devil" nurse Victorino Chua has maintained his innocence after being jailed for 35 years for murdering and poisoning patients at Stepping Hill Hospital.
In a statement issued by his solicitor, Chua said: "I am completely innocent of any wrongdoing. I now face a minimum of 35 years in custody for crimes I did not commit."
He vowed to fight to prove his innocence, and said he had "every sympathy" with the victims who had been failed by the "wrongful conviction".
The 49-year-old, who was branded a narcissistic psychopath by police, was sentenced for two murders and 20 other poisonings at Manchester Crown Court yesterday.
Chua did not show a flicker of emotion as he was told he would be in his 80s before he can apply for parole.
But today he reiterated his claim of innocence, dismissing the evidence heard during the trial as "circumstantial".
He said: "I continue to deny that I was the perpetrator of the insulin poisoning and prescription chart alteration offences at Stepping Hill Hospital in 2011 and 2012.
"Prior to my trial I spent two years on restrictive police bail followed by a year on remand in custody and have throughout consistently denied my involvement.
"After a four-month trial, the jury, after considering the evidence which was entirely circumstantial for a period of over three weeks, reached verdicts which, whilst I respect the jury's integrity and good faith, are not in accordance with the truth of the matter.
"I am completely innocent of any wrongdoing. I now face a minimum of 35 years in custody for crimes I did not commit.
"I will never cease my efforts to prove my innocence and remain confident that the justice system will ultimately prevail, not just for myself but also for the victims of these terrible crimes and their families, for whom I have every sympathy and for whom justice has not been served by this wrongful conviction.
"To that end, I would call upon anyone who has information that might lead to the identification of the true perpetrator of these crimes at Stepping Hill Hospital to come forward and make contact with my solicitor, Jeremy Moore of CM Solicitors, as a matter of urgency."
The court heard that, du ring his random poisoning spree, Chua "left it to fate" as to which patients would live or die.
The father of two secretly injected insulin into saline bags and ampoules which were then used unwittingly by other nurses at the hospital in Stockport, actions which t he judge, Mr Justice Openshaw, described as "indescribably wicked".
Chua received 25 life sentences in total and will be aged 84 before his 35-year minimum term expires and he is eligible for parole.
Manchester South coroner John Pollard has said he will carry out inquests into the deaths of 10 people who were patients at the hospital during the time that Chua worked there and committing his crimes.
Mr Pollard said: "These inquests have stood adjourned at the request of the prosecuting authorities pending the conclusion of the criminal trial.
"There is no immediate evidence to suggest that these deaths were caused by insulin poisoning, but in most cases there is reason to believe that whilst the deceased persons were in hospital, they each suffered hypoglycaemic episodes.
"In addition, I shall be considering, in discussion with the relevant bereaved family members, whether I should resume the adjourned inquests into the deaths of Alfred Weaver, Tracey Ardern and Arnold Lancaster, whose deaths formed part of the criminal indictment against Chua."