GUILTY Stepping Hill Hospital Killer
Monday 18th May 2015 13:43 News Posted by Becky Cahill

A nurse has been found guilty of murdering two patients during a reign of terror at Stockport’s Stepping Hill Hospital.

Victorino Chua killed Derek Weaver, 83, and Tracey Arden, 44, by injecting insulin into saline bags and ampoules.

Chua, 49, was cleared of a third murder charge but convicted of causing grievous bodily harm to dozens of other patients, including one who suffered a serious brain injury.

A police investigation started in July 2011 after a number of patients fell ill and contaminated products were discovered.

The Filipino father-of-two was arrested in January 2012 and then rearrested in March 2014.

During a search of his house following his arrest, detectives recovered a letter penned by Chua. In it he wrote: “I’m a nice person but there a devil in me…I’m evil at the same time angel,” and: “So I’m writing this letter in case something happen to me my family can continue my case or can tell somebody to look at it and work out how and angel turn to an evil person. The bitter nurse confession. Got lots to tell but I just take it to my grave.”

Detective Superintendent Simon Barraclough, said: “On behalf of Greater Manchester Police, I would like to once again extend my sympathies to the families of Tracey Arden, Arnold Lancaster and Derek Weaver as well as all the victims of poisoning and their families.

“I hope they find some modicum of comfort and closure now that the person responsible for these heinous crimes has been caught.

“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.

“He would then watch the fruits of his labour unfold, as absolute chaos ensued across the wards as colleagues fought to save patients whilst attempting to comprehend what was happening.

“Chua has demonstrated clear narcissistic and psychopathic tendencies and such indiscriminate poisoning is testament to that. He clearly had no regard for his patients and did not give a second thought as to who would be injured or the devastation this would cause them and their families.

“There can be no doubt that he intended to both murder and injure patients under his care; despite him knowing what effect this poisoning was causing, he continued with no regard for his victims.

“It is so far from keeping with the ethos of those employed at the hospital or as health professionals generally that it is incredulous to believe someone in that vocation to be capable of such malevolence.

“From the outset we committed significant resources to this investigation with a view to bringing the offender to justice and I have to say that the cooperation we have received from Stepping Hill from the very beginning has been wholehearted: they have remained as resolute and determined as we to unmask the perpetrator, from the first day to the last.

“I would also like to thank those from the CPS who have been embedded with us while the investigation was progressing for their insight and assistance and whose excellent prosecution has resulted in this conviction as well as the many experts across Europe, without whose help we would not be where we are today.

“This has been without question the most complex police investigation I have undertaken in more than 15 years as a senior police detective, and I do not have the words to adequately convey my admiration for every member of my team for their fortitude and commitment to this case.

“Each and every one of them has had to develop a substantial understanding of acute care medicine and hospital procedures in order to get us to where we are today and I greatly understate that achievement when I say that is no mean feat.”

The jury at Manchester Crown Court had been deliberating for 11 days before reaching its verdicts.

He’s due to be sentenced on Tuesday.