Nurse accused of Stepping Hill murders denied bail
A nurse accused of murdering and poisoning hospital patients will remain in jail after his application for bail was refused.
Victorino Chua, 48, is accused of 34 offences in total, including three counts of murder and 31 other serious charges involving the poisoning of patients at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport where he worked.
The father-of-two, a Filipino, is currently being held in the Category A wing of HMP Manchester.
Chua, of Churchill Street, Stockport, was first arrested in January 2012 and had been on bail for more than two years until he was arrested and charged on March 29.
Peter Griffiths QC, representing Mr Chua, who was not present for the hearing at Manchester Crown Court yesterday, made the application, which was opposed by Michael Morley, acting for the prosecution.
Further details of the bail application cannot be given for legal reasons.
Judge Stockdale QC, Honorary Recorder of Manchester, refused to grant bail and Chua will remain in custody.
He is charged with the murders of Tracey Arden, 44, Arnold Lancaster, 71 and Derek Weaver, 83, along with 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.
All the alleged offences span a six-month period between June 1, 2011 and January 3 2012.
The next hearing in the case will be held on 16 May at Manchester Crown Court and a trial is scheduled for January next year.