Nurse Victorino Chua maintains innocence despite convictions

Nurse Victorino Chua, who was jailed at Manchester Crown Court for murdering and poisoning patients at Stepping Hill Hospital, today said in a statement issued by his solicitor: "I am completely innocent of any wrong doing. I now face a minimum of 35 years in custody for crimes I did not commit."

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'Evil Angel' killer nurse to be sentenced

Killer nurse Victorino Chua is facing life in jail when he is sentenced today for poisoning and murdering patients.

Nurse Victorino Chua was found guilty of murdering and poisoning hospital patients yesterday. Credit: PA Wire

Filipino Chua, 49, described as a narcissistic psychopath by detectives, was convicted of murdering two patients and poisoning 19 others with insulin by a jury at Manchester Crown Court yesterday following a three month trial.

Tracey Arden, 44 and Alfred Weaver, 83, died while a third person, Grant Misell, 41, was left brain damaged.

His victims' loved ones are expected to be in court as Chua is sentenced to a minimum of two mandatory life sentences for the murders.

Killer nurse told police 'no comment' during interviews

Victorino Chua was trusted to care for his patients. Instead he murdered two of them and deliberately poisoned 20 more.

Chua injected fatal levels of insulin into saline drips, which were hooked up to patients by him and by unwitting colleagues.

Today, a court found him guilty - but his motives remain a mystery.

ITV News North of England Correspondent Damon Green reports:

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Police apologise to nurse arrested over Stepping Hill deaths

Sir Peter Fahy, chief constable of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has apologised to nurse Rebecca Leighton, who was initially arrested in the investigation, while Victorino Chua, who has been found guilty today, kept his silence.

Rebecca Leighton Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

We are very sorry that Rebecca Leighton ended up spending some time in prison. It showed to some degree the amount of pressure everyone was under, not just the police, the hospital, Crown Prosecution Service, to try and make progress in the case, and we are sorry this happened.

He was quite happy to stand by while she suffered the consequences.

– Sir Peter Fahy

Police: Chua had no regard for his patients

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) praised the CPS and thanked Stepping Hill Hospital after Victorino Chua was found guilty of murdering and poisoning patients.

GMP said it was "incredulous to believe someone in that vocation to be capable of such malevolence."

Victorino Chua Credit: GMP

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.

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.

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.

– Detective Superintendent Simon Barraclough, GMP

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Nurse poisoning case one of GMP's biggest

The investigation into the poisonings and deaths at Stepping Hill Hospital was one of the biggest and most complex launched by Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

Operation Roxburg was a multimillion-pound three-and-a-half-year police investigation, involving 7,700 police actions, 659 witnesses, a 28,100-page prosecution file and 16,000 items of unused evidence material.

CPS: Chua guilty after complex and detailed case

The Crown prosecution Service (CPS) has spoken of the complex nature of the case against nurse Victorino Chua who poisoned saline at Stepping Hill Hospital.

The investigation and prosecution has been an enormous task involving the detailed analysis of thousands of pages of evidence relating to the hospital, its staff and patients, the forensic analysis of medical products and samples, expert medical evidence and many other aspects of what has been a very complex case.

The only possible conclusion from all the evidence is that Victorino Chua, trusted as a nurse to care for sick patients at the hospital, was the person responsible for harming and, in two cases, for killing them.

I would like to thank all the witnesses who gave evidence during the trial, particularly the victims, the relatives of the patients who died and the staff from Stepping Hill Hospital. Above all our thoughts and sympathies go out to all the victims and their families at this time.

– Ben Southam, CPS North West Complex Casework Unit, said:

Full verdicts of nurse guilty of murdering two patients

Nurse Victorino Chua was convicted of murdering two patients but cleared of a third murder by the jury at Manchester Crown Court, which had been deliberating for 11 days.

Alfred Derek Weaver.

He was found guilty of murdering Tracy Arden, 44, and Alfred Derek Weaver, 83.

He was cleared of murdering Arnold Lancaster, 81, who was suffering from cancer, but convicted of attempting to cause him grievous bodily harm with intent by poisoning.

In all Chua was convicted of two murders, 22 counts of attempted grievous bodily harm, one count of grievous bodily harm, seven attempts of administering poison and one count of administering poison.

Stockport NHS boss: 'These were shocking crimes'

The chief executive of the NHS trust which runs the hospital where a nurse murdered two patients has apologised to the victims' families for "the distress they suffered".

Ann Barnes of Stockport NHS Foundation Trust said: "These were shocking and appalling crimes that took place when the patients should have been receiving nothing but the highest quality care."

Police investigate hospital deaths in 2011 Credit: Dave Thompson / PA Wire

"This has been an extremely difficult time for the victims and their families and our thoughts have been with them throughout this time."

She added: "Whilst no hospital's systems and processes can offer a complete guarantee against the actions of a determined criminal, additional measures are now in place which go beyond standard practice.

"What is clear from the evidence is that an extremely dangerous criminal has been brought to justice. In part this was due to staff identifying the problems quickly and also fully assisting the police investigation. We would like to thank our staff for showing great professionalism throughout this time."

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