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Nurse accused of murdering patients: I'm scapegoat

By Pat Hurst

A nurse accused of murdering and poisoning hospital patients has told a jury he is a "scapegoat".

Victorino Chua (49) denied harming his patients as he was questioned for a second day at Manchester Crown Court by prosecutor Peter Wright QC.

Chua is accused of murdering three patients and poisoning 18 other victims while working as a staff nurse on two wards at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport in 2011.

During his trial, which began in January, the prosecution alleges he used a syringe to secretly puncture saline drip bags and poison them with insulin - which were then unwittingly used by other nurses on innocent patients.

A lawyer said to Chua: "You do accept you had the opportunity, if you chose so to do, to contaminate products on both wards, A1 and A3?"

Chua replied: "No. It's impossible."

Mr Wright said of all the medical staff working on those wards, Chua was the only one who was present in all cases or whose shifts coincided with insulin poisoning incidents - he was the "common denominator".

The defendant replied: "No. I'm the only one working 66 hours a week. I'm a scapegoat."

The trial was adjourned until Monday morning.

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