Nurse remanded in custody over Stepping Hill hospital deaths

A nurse has appeared in court after being charged with three counts of murder in connection with poisoning deaths at Stepping Hill hospital in 2011. Victorino Chua, 48, who was also charged with 31 other offences, has been remanded in custody.

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Stockport NHS: 'Safety of patients our highest priority'

Ann Barnes, the chief executive of Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Stepping Hill Hospital, has said that the safety of patients is the "highest priority" for the hospital.

Stepping Hill hospital in Stockport. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

She said: "We are very much aware that at the centre of this complex and lengthy police investigation are the patients and their families affected by these events.

"Our thoughts have been with them throughout this time.

"We have always had an excellent safety record and are ranked as one of the best hospitals in the country by the Care Quality Commission.

"The safety of our patients will always be our highest priority."

Nurse unable to apply for bail in Stepping Hill case

tepping Hill hospital in Stockport, Greater Manchester. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Victorino Chua, 48 was told he faces a total of 34 charges, including the murders of Tracey Arden, 44, Arnold Lancaster, 71 and Derek Weaver, 83 to which he replied "Yes, Mam."

As the charges are so serious, the case, and any bail application, can only be dealt with at the Crown Court, the defendant was told.

Ben Southam, prosecuting, told the court: "Mr Chua faces 34 allegations. I would ask that the case be sent to the Crown Court for a bail and preliminary hearing next week, on Tuesday.

"Mr Chua is not able to apply for bail here given the nature of the allegations.

"Bail will, in any event, be opposed by the Crown."

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Nurse remanded in custody over Stepping Hill deaths

A nurse has appeared in court after being charged with three counts of murder in connection with poisoning deaths at Stepping Hill hospital in 2011.

Victorino Chua, 48, spoke only to confirm his name, age and address for the three minute hearing at Manchester Magistrates' Court.

He was remanded into custody to appear at Manchester Crown Court next Tuesday.

Nurse charged with three counts of murder

A nurse who was first arrested in January 2012 and later released on bail in connection poisoning deaths at a hospital, has been charged with murder. Victorino Chua, 48, was held last year on suspicion of tampering with medical records at Stepping Hill in Stockport.

Chua has been charged over the deaths of Ms Arden, Mr Lancaster and Mr Weaver.

Eight patients who were poisoned by contaminated products later died. They have been named as:

  • Tracey Arden, 44
  • Arnold Lancaster, 71
  • Derek Weaver, 83
  • William Dickson, 82
  • Linda McDonagh, 60
  • John Beeley, 73
  • Beryl Hope, 70
  • Mary Cartwright, 89

Police 'at a point' to charge man in Stepping Hill probe

Greater Manchester Police have charged a nurse with a number of serious offences in connection with deaths at a hospital in Stockport. Police are carrying out an investigation into the contamination of various medical products between June 1 and July 15, 2011 at Stepping Hill hospital.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood said:

Our thoughts continue to be with those people who were deliberately poisoned and their families.

From day one we made a commitment to those people, as well as the wider community, to thoroughly and robustly investigate what occurred.

We are now at a point where we have charged Victorino Chua with a number of very serious offences.

Man due to appear in court in Stepping Hill inquiry

A nurse is due to appear in court tomorrow after being charged with three counts of murder in connection with poisoning deaths at a hospital, Greater Manchester Police said.

Victorino Chua, 48, was held last year on suspicion of tampering with medical records at Stepping Hill in Stockport.

He was questioned on suspicion of three counts of murder and various counts of causing grievous bodily harm.

Police said Chua has also been charged with one count of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, 22 counts of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent and eight offences of attempting to administer poison, under the Offences Against the Person Act.

He will appear at Manchester City Magistrates Court.

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