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Stepping Hill nurse Victorino Chua seeking leave to appeal

Stepping Hill nurse Victorino Chua was given a total of 25 life sentences. Credit: Greater Manchester Police.

Stepping Hill nurse Victorino Chua, convicted of poisoning patients at the Stockport Hospital, has been granted court date to hear his claims of innocence.

Chua is seeking leave to appeal the convictions which saw him jailed for 35 years in May last year.

He was earlier convicted of two counts of murder, intentionally causing grievous bodily harm, and attempting to intentionally cause grievous bodily harm to 21 other patients.

Chua was given a total of 25 life sentences for his crimes. But he's always denied allegations he deliberately tampered with saline drips that were stored on acute treatment wards at Stepping Hill.

His solicitors confirmed today that a court hearing will take place on July 28 to at the Court of Appeal to discuss his application for leave to appeal.

It's understood there is just one ground for appeal being made, relating to evidence of a letter which was shown to the jury.

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Victorino Chua launches appeal against conviction

Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Victorino Chua, the nurse who was jailed for life after murdering two patients at Stepping Hill Hospital, will launch an appeal against his conviction.

He has maintained his innocence since being jailed last month and in a statement his lawyers from CM solicitors said:

"CM Solicitors would like to announce that we have today launched an appeal against conviction on behalf of our client Victorino Chua. Mr Chua maintains that he is innocent of any wrong doing."

– CM Solicitors for Victorino Chua
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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."

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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".

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.

Nurse described as dangerous and devious jailed for life

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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:-

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