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”
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.”