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Chua fails in appeal bid over Stepping Hill murders

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The nurse found guilty of murdering and poisoning patients at Stepping Hill Hospital in Greater Manchester has failed in a bid to appeal against his conviction.

Victorino Chua, who pleaded not guilty, was given a life sentence in 2015 for murdering two people and harming 19 others by poisoning them with insulin over a six-month period.

He was told by a judge at Manchester Crown Court that he would spend a minimum of 35 years in prison for his crimes.

As reported by Nursing Times, in June last year his lawyer Jeremy Moore released a statement, confirming that Mr Chua maintained his innocence and was appealing against his conviction.

However, his applications for permission to appeal against both conviction and sentence were rejected last Thursday by three judges at the Court of Appeal in London.

Lord Justice Treacy stated that the proposed ground of appeal against conviction was not “arguable” and rejected the suggestion that the minimum term of 35 years was “manifestly excessive”.

Mr Chua, who worked at Stockport Foundation Trust’s Stepping Hill Hospital and was originally from the Philippines, was charged with murdering three people and harming 18 others by poisoning them with ampoules and saline drips contaminated with insulin between 1 June 2011 and 3 January 2012.

The 49-year-old was subsequently convicted of murdering Derek Weaver, 83, and Tracey Arden, 44, but cleared of murdering Arnold Lancaster, 71.

Another nurse, Rebecca Leighton, had initially been wrongly arrested in relation to the deaths. She spent six weeks in prison on remand before the case against her was dropped and she was released.

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  • What's happened to the nurse that was originally accused and spent 6 weeks in prison?? Has she been supported to return to work or is her career now over????

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