Nurse Victorino Chua, who was yesterday found guilty of murdering two patients at Stockport’s Stepping Hill Hospital, has been jailed for life.
The 49-year-old, who must serve a minimum of 35 years, deliberately contaminated products stored on acute treatment wards at the hospital with insulin, which would then be used by unsuspecting staff members to treat patients.
The insulin would then cause patients to suffer hypoglycaemia, a drop in blood sugar levels, which can result in death. Chua was found guilty of murdering two patients, Tracy Arden and Alfred Derek Weaver, known as Derek.
He was also found guilty of intentionally causing grievous bodily harm to one patient who suffered a brain injury as a result of being poisoned and for whom Chua falsified his medical records, and attempting to intentionally cause grievous bodily harm to 21 other patients.
Detective Superintendent Simon Barraclough, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “We are pleased with today’s sentence and I believe it reflects the seriousness of what Chua has done, and can hopefully go some way to providing a resolution for the victims and the families of those that he has so painfully harmed.
“On behalf of Greater Manchester Police, I would like to once again extend my sympathies to the families of Tracey Arden and Derek Weaver as well as all the victims of poisoning and their families.
“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. There can be no doubt that he intended to both murder and injure patients under his care and did not give a second thought as to who would be injured or the devastation this would cause them and their families.”
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