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Man charged with murder of two-week-old baby girl

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A man has been charged with the murder of a two-week-old baby girl in Stockport.

Matthew Higham, 23, of Shaw Road South, will appear before magistrates later today.

Police were called to a house following reports the baby girl had stopped breathing.

She was taken to hospital but later died. A post mortem revealed the cause of death was multiple injuries.

Nurse accused of murdering three patients with insulin

A hospital nurse went on trial today accused of murdering three patients by poisoning them with insulin.

Victorino Chua is said to have injured 18 others by deliberately contaminating their saline drips and ampoules at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.

ITV News correspondent Martin Geissler was in court.


Nurse 'tricked other staff into giving patients poison'

A nurse accused of a string of poisonings at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport would deliberately leave contaminated saline bags in a different ward for other unsuspecting staff to administer to patients.

Hospital chiefs launched an "enormous" investigation after patients' medical notes were tampered with amid a series of mysterious insulin poisonings.

Prosecutor Peter Wright QC said as investigators put the pieces of the puzzle together, the person responsible "became clear" - and the finger was pointed at 49-year-old Victorino Chua, a male nurse from the Philippines who had been working on both affected wards.

At Manchester Crown Court, Mr Wright told the jury that when Chua's shifts took him from one ward to the other, the instances of poisoning moved with him.

He said Chua had the opportunity not just to administer the poison himself, but to leave contaminated bags "ticking away" on the ward for other staff to use unknowingly.

The motive for this, Mr Wright added, was difficult to determine as it was completely random - "a lottery" as to who was treated with a contaminated product and who was not.

Mr Chua, whose trial at Manchester Crown Court opened this morning, denies all thirty six charges. The case is expected to last for four months.

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Jury hears 'poisoner' contaminated saline drips with insulin

Saline drips and ampules routinely used to treat patients on two wards at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport were deliberately contaminated by a "poisoner" at work during the summer of 2011, a court has been told.

Peter Wright QC, prosecuting 49-year-old nurse Victorino Chua, said the poisoner was contaminating the fluids with insulin with the intention of causing "really serious harm".

A total of 21 patients, he said, had suffered as a result of the poisoner's handiwork. Three died, one suffered a brain injury and the remaining seventeen were spared the worst effects of insulin poisoning thanks to prompt medical intervention.

The jury heard that security was tightened on the wards, and the instances stopped. But in January 2012, someone deliberately altered medical notes of patients on ward A3 of the hospital, altering recommended dosages - so a "30" would become an "80", or a "1" would become a "7".

  1. Martin Geissler

Nurse pleads not guilty to three murder charges

The trial of Victorino Chua began this morning at Manchester Crown Court.

The 49-year-old nurse faces 36 charges including 3 counts of murder.

Jurors and realtives of the alleged victims watched as a series of other charges relating to the alleged poisoning of patients was read out before the court.

The offences are alleged to have happened at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, in 2011 and 2012.

In a soft voice, the Filipino replied "not guilty" to each charge. His trial is scheduled to last for at least four months.

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Magistrate named as woman found dead

Mother Yvonne Davies found dead

A magistrate and hospital public relations expert has been named as the woman found dead at a house in Stockport.

The bodies of Yvonne Davies, head of communications for the trust which runs Manchester Royal Infirmary and Saint Mary's Hospital, and a man believed to be her husband Andrew were found at their home in Stockport. The couple have a young daughter.

Mrs Davies has been a magistrate at Manchester magistrates court since 1999.

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