Nurse Accused of Three Murders – Trial Will Restart

Following initial post at – ‘Murder at Random’ By A Male Nurse – A jury  trying a nurse accused of murdering three patients was discharged on Friday.

The trial of Victorino Chua, 49, was halted after a juror said family problems left him unable to continue hearing the case., which began last Tuesday.

Mr Justice Openshaw said a new jury would be chosen on Monday at Manchester Crown Court.

Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, said Chua murdered three patients at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport by contaminating drips and ampoules with insulin in June and July 2011.

Saline DripThe court heard 18 0ther patients became ill after being treated with products allegedly contaminated by Chua, of Heaton Norris, Stockport.

Peter Grifffiths, QC, defending, said Chua was a scapegoat. He denies murdering Derek Weaver, 83, Arnold Lancaster, 71, and Tracey Arden, 44.

He also denies 23 charges of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm, one of causing grievous bodily harm, eight of attempting to administer poison and one of administering poison.

“Somebody did it – will the evidence given prove it was him”

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