Nurse on trial over patient murders
A nurse will go on trial later today accused of murdering and poisoning hospital patients.
Victorino Chua, 49, is accused of the murders of Tracey Arden, 44, Arnold Lancaster, 71, and Derek Weaver, 83, at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.
He also faces a single count of grievous bodily harm with intent, 22 counts of attempted grievous bodily harm, eight counts of attempting to cause a poison to be administered and one count of administering a poison.
All the alleged offences involve 21 patients in total and are said to have taken place between June 2011 and January 2012, while Chua worked at Stepping Hill.
The father-of-two, a Filipino, who lived in Stockport, denies the offences but has yet to formally enter pleas.
His trial, before Mr Justice Openshaw at Manchester Crown Court, is expected to last around four months.