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.
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:
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.
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.
Nurse Victorino Chua, 48, has been charged with three counts of murder and 31 other offences including GBH and attempted poisoning in connection with deaths at Stepping Hill hospital in Stockport, Greater Manchester police said.