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Nurse murdered three patients, court is told

By Pat Hurst

A hospital nurse murdered three patients and poisoned 18 others by contaminating saline bags and ampoules with insulin, a court heard.

Victorino Chua (49) also deliberately altered dosages on prescription charts while a staff nurse at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, Manchester Crown Court heard.

In all, 21 patients suffered, with three of them murdered: Tracey Arden (44), Arnold Lancaster (71) and Derek Weaver (83), jurors were told.

Chua, a Filipino who came to the UK in 2002 and had worked at Stepping Hill since 2009, sat in the dock as Peter Wright QC, began outlining the prosecution case.

Chua 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.

Mr Wright told the jury: "Mr Chua had the means and the knowhow. He also had the opportunity."

All the offences are said to have happened between June 2011 and January 2012. Chua, formerly of Churchill Street, Stockport, was arrested on January 5, 2012 and denied any wrongdoing. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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