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Chua jailed for life with a minimum term of 35 years

The nurse Victorino Chua has been given 25 life sentences for murdering two patients and poisoning 20 others at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.

The judge at Manchester Crown Court described Chua as dangerous and devious as he told him he'll serve a minimum of 35 years in prison.

Doctors and police describe their attempts to save a schoolboy caught in the crush at Hillsborough

Lee Nicol

Doctors and police have been describing their attempts to save a schoolboy who was caught in the crush at Hillsborough.

14 year old Lee Nicol from Bootle was was the 95th person to die in the disaster.

He was pulled from the front corner of a pen and initially treated on the pitch by police.

Former police officer Keith Marsh said: "I was hopeful that the people who had been involved in Lee’s care had done enough for him to have a chance."

The teenager was carried to an ambulance at the other end of the pitch and was the first casualty from the disaster to be taken to the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield.

Dr Rachel Pettinger, a paediatrician who treated him when he first arrived, told the jury: "He was so young. We tried very hard."

The court heard Lee was on a life support machine for two days before he died.

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Nurse described as dangerous and devious jailed for life

Chua

A nurse described as dangerous and devious has been jailed for life for killing and poisoning patients at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.

Victorino Chua will have to serve a minimum of 35 years behind bars.

He injected insulin into saline bags when he worked on the wards four years ago.

Yesterday he was found guilty of murdering two of his patients and poisoning 19 more.

Elaine Willcox reports:-

Police Statement following Chua Sentencing

“We are pleased with today’s sentence and I believe it reflects the seriousness of what Chua has done, and can hopefully go some way to providing a resolution for the victims and the families of those that he has so painfully harmed.

On behalf of Greater Manchester Police, I would like to once again extend my sympathies to the families of Tracey Arden and Derek Weaver as well as all the victims of poisoning and their families.

“Hidden in plain sight and using unsuspecting colleagues to carry out his sinister plan, Victorino Chua deliberately poisoned and murdered those who were under his care and those who were at their most vulnerable and most in need of help.

“He would then watch the fruits of his labour unfold, as absolute chaos ensued across the wards as colleagues fought to save patients whilst attempting to comprehend what was happening.

“Chua has demonstrated clear narcissistic and psychopathic tendencies and such indiscriminate poisoning is testament to that. He clearly had no regard for his patients and did not give a second thought as to who would be injured or the devastation this would cause them and their families.

“There can be no doubt that he intended to both murder and injure patients under his care; despite him knowing what effect this poisoning was causing, he continued with no regard for his victims.

“It is so far from keeping with the ethos of those employed at the hospital or as health professionals generally that it is incredulous to believe someone in that vocation to be capable of such malevolence.

“From the outset we committed significant resources to this investigation with a view to bringing the offender to justice and I have to say that the cooperation we have received from Stepping Hill from the very beginning has been wholehearted: they have remained as resolute and determined as we to unmask the perpetrator, from the first day to the last.

“I would also like to thank those from the CPS who have been embedded with us while the investigation was progressing for their insight and assistance and whose excellent prosecution has resulted in this conviction as well as the many experts across Europe, without whose help we would not be where we are today.

“This has been without question the most complex police investigation I have undertaken in more than 15 years as a senior police detective, and I do not have the words to adequately convey my admiration for every member of my team for their fortitude and commitment to this case.

“Each and every one of them has had to develop a substantial understanding of acute care medicine and hospital procedures in order to get us to where we are today and I greatly understate that achievement when I say that is no mean feat.”

– Detective Superintendent Simon Barraclough
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