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Victorino Chua lodges appeal against murder conviction


A nurse found guilty of murdering and poisoning patients at a hospital in Greater Manchester has launched an appeal against his conviction.

Victorino Chua, who worked at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, was last month handed a life sentence for murdering two people and harming 19 others by poisoning them with ampoules and saline drips contaminated with insulin in 2011.

The trial went on for three months, with the jury delivering its verdict after deliberating for 11 days.

Mr Chua was later told by a judge that he would spend a minimum of 35 years in prison for his crimes.

“Mr Chua maintains his innocence of any wrong doing”

CM Solicitors

The Filipino nurse pleaded not guilty to 36 charges, including three counts of murder throughout the trial, which took place at Manchester Crown Court.

His lawyer Jeremy Moore at CM Solicitors released a statement yesterday, confirming that Mr Chua maintained his innocence and was appealing against his conviction.

“CM Solicitors would like to announce that we have today launched an appeal against conviction on behalf of our client Victorino Chua. Mr Chua maintains his innocence of any wrong doing,” said the statement.

According to media reports, Mr Moore confirmed his client’s appeal had been lodged on the grounds that the trial judge made incorrect rulings.

Speaking of Mr Chua’s current situation, he said: “He’s obviously under incredible strain but feeling positive about the forthcoming appeal and still maintaining his innocence.”


Readers' comments (3)

  • Yeah, quite easy to accidentally draw up insulin, inject it into saline bags and leave them on the shelves for your co-workers to administer unknowingly to patients.

    Shame we can't deport him to Texas USA.

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  • There may be more victims too. My father died at Stepping Hill, ultimately from bowel cancer, but suffered a hypoglycaemic seizure shortly before his death while receiving IV saline and dextrose. The standards of care there were appalling, and unfortunately it was very difficult to get a reliable update on my fathers condition due to the poor communication skills of the overseas nurses. This is not good enough when you need information about your loved ones "end of life" prognosis! Could communication be more important than at this time for the patient and the family??

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  • After reading the above comment I feel that this case may have ripple effects to even include the whole standard of care and management in this hospital at the time of the incidents.

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