Nurse accused of murders
A nurse has appeared in a UK court accused of the murder of three people. Victorino Chua, 48, spoke only to confirm his name, age and address during the three-minute hearing at Manchester Magistrates' Court.
He was charged following a lengthy investigation by police at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, where he worked.
The 34 offences he is alleged to have committed are three murders, one charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, 22 counts of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent, seven charges of attempting to administer poison and one count of causing poison to be administered with intent.
Mr Chua, a Filipino, wore a Gap camouflage-coloured hoodie and was dwarfed by the prison officer flanking him in the dock.
The father of two replied "Yes mam" to the clerk who told him he faces a total of 34 charges, including the murders of Tracey Arden, 44, Arnold Lancaster, 71 and Derek Weaver, 83.
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, asked for the case to be listed for a bail and preliminary hearing this week. Mr Chua was remanded into custody to appear at Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday.