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Nurse found guilty of murdering patients at Stepping Hill Hospital

Victorino Chua has been convicted of the murder of two patients by injecting insulin into saline bags and ampoules

A nurse has been found guilty of murdering two patients by injecting insulin into saline bags and ampoules at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.

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Victorino Chua was convicted of killing Tracy Arden, 44, and Alfred Weaver, 83, at Manchester Crown Court. He was found not guilty of murdering a third patient Arnold Lancaster, 81, but was convicted of attempting to cause Mr Lancaster grievous bodily harm with intent by poisoning.

In all, Mr Chua was found guilty of 22 counts of attempted grievous bodily harm, seven attempts of administering poison and one count of administering poison between June 2011 and January 2012. The jury deliberated for 11 days.

In a letter discovered at his home following his arrest in January 2012, Mr Chua said he was an 'angel turned into an evil person' and wrote of things he would 'take to his grave'.

Prosecutor Peter Wright QC said the letter was a 'bitter nurse confession,' adding: 'It is a narrative of his life, of his feelings, of his pent-up frustrations. It was a portent of things to come and of what he had done.

'The evidence points sadly to a man who, for reasons truly known only to himself, decided to take out his frustrations on his and others' patients,' he said.

Mr Chua's defence team said he had been singled out and 'made a scapegoat,' reminding the jury that none of his fingerpints has been found on any of the contaminated ampoules or saline bags.

Ann Barnes, chief executive of Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Stepping Hill, said: 'These were shocking and appalling crimes that took place when the patients should have been receiving nothing but the highest quality care. We are sorry for the distress they have suffered at the time of the incidents and during the course of bringing Victorino Chua to justice.'

Ms Barnes added that CCTV in all ward treatment and drug storage rooms and electronic prescribing are among the additional security measures introduced at the hospital.

'We would like to thank our staff for showing great professionalism throughout this time. They have been detemined that these heinous crimes should not overshadow the good care delivered every day to our patients.'

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