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Coroner to investigate 10 deaths and revisit 3 more

South Manchester's lead coroner is to open inquests into 10 further deaths of inpatients from the time killer nurse Victorino Chua was working at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.

John Pollard will also consider resuming inquests into the deaths of three others - Alfred Weaver, Tracey Ardern and Arnold Lancaster - which had formed part of the criminal indictment against Chua.

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 episode/s.

– John Pollard

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Investigations into 11 more deaths at Stepping Hill

Victorino Chua was jailed for 35 years Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Eleven more deaths at Stepping Hill Hospital are to be investigated following the conviction of killer nurse Victorino Chua.

South Manchester coroner John Pollard is set to publicly examine the deaths of 11 people - none of whom have been named.

In a statement, Stockport NHS Trust said the coroner had been unable to undertake inquests into these deaths at the time of the police investigation and trial.

"The 11 deaths that the coroner is now investigating are therefore relating to patients who were inpatients at the hospital over this period."

Killer nurse Chua speaks out and insists he's innocent

Chua Credit: Greater Manchester Police.

Stepping Hill poisoner Victorino Chua has claimed he's innocent and labelled the evidence against him 'circumstantial'.

In a statement released by his solicitors today, Chua, who was jailed yesterday for 35 years for murdering two patients and poisoning many others, said: "I will never cease my efforts to prove my innocence."

He also made an appeal for witnesses to come forward and "help find the true perpetrator".

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