Thursday 29 September 2016

'Devil' nurse found guilty of murdering patients at British hospital

Michael Holden

Published 18/05/2015 | 15:00

A nurse who said he had "a devil" inside him has been found guilty of murdering two of his patients and poisoning about 20 others during what police called a reign of terror at a hospital in northern England.

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Victorino Chua (49) contaminated healthcare products that were later administered to patients on the acute treatment wards on which he worked at Stepping Hill hospital in Greater Manchester in July 2011.

The insulin caused those affected to suffer hypoglycaemia, or a dangerous drop in blood sugar levels, killing two patients and leaving a third with a serious brain injury.

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The nurse also altered patients' medical notes to increase their dosage of drugs.

Greater Manchester Police images of (left to right) Tracey Arden, 44, Arnold Lancaster, 71, and Alfred Derek Weaver, 83. Nurse Victorino Chua, 49, went on trial accused of murdering and poisoning the hospital patients at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport. Photo: Greater Manchester Police/PA
Greater Manchester Police images of (left to right) Tracey Arden, 44, Arnold Lancaster, 71, and Alfred Derek Weaver, 83. Nurse Victorino Chua, 49, went on trial accused of murdering and poisoning the hospital patients at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport. Photo: Greater Manchester Police/PA

He was caught after a massive police investigation, which took officers to Mr Chua's native Philippines, where they found he had left one hospital after being caught stealing.

By studying staff shifts, they concluded that Mr Chua, who is a British citizen, was the only person who could be responsible.

After his arrest, police found a letter in his house in which he wrote: "I'm a nice person but there (is) a devil in me ... I'm evil at the same time angel. The bitter nurse confession."

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Police said Mr Chua had shown psychopathic tendencies.

"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," said Det. Superintendent Simon Barraclough.

Mr Chua, who was convicted of 33 counts including murder, administering a poison, and causing grievous bodily harm, will be sentenced on Tuesday.

Reuters

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