The nurse convicted of murdering patients at Stepping Hill Hospital, has been jailed for a minimum of 35 years.
Following a three-month trial, Victorino Chua was found guilty of killing Tracey Arden, 44, and Derek Weaver, 83, at the hospital in Stockport by injecting insulin into saline bags and ampoules.
The 9-year old nurse was found guilty of dozens of attacks on vulnerable patients including two charges of murder. He was caught after a night of curious incidents, but his motive remains a mystery.
Having been found guilty of murder yesterday, the father-of-three was today described as an “experienced nurse who used cunning” ways to poison patients, Judge Mr Justice Openshaw said.
Two of the patients Chua dealt with were dead by the time the police were called on 12 July 2011. Attempts had been made to grievously harm several others. Chua had poisoned them with insulin, but foul play was not suspected straight away.
As Mr Justice Openshaw sentenced Chua to life in prison, the victims’ friends and family looked on at Manchester crown court. Chua showed no emotion as he was told he would be an old man before he was considered for parole.
Speaking outside court after the verdict, Mr Weaver’s sister, Lynda Bleasdale, said: “My sister had a heart attack the day before Derek died. Seeing all the stress of it was obviously a contributory factor to that. He obviously enjoyed watching people suffer.”
Detectives described Chua as a narcissistic psychopath.
Gary Arden, whose sister Tracey was murdered by Chua, said he felt “surprisingly nothing” for his sister’s killer.
He added: “He’s been sentenced and the important thing is he’s not able to do this to anybody else.”
Chua was also found guilty of 22 counts of attempted grievous bodily harm, one count of grievous bodily harm, seven of attempting to administer poison and one of administering poison.
Greater Manchester police raised concerns about Chua’s medical qualifications with the Department of Health and the Home Office, as well as contacting the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Consequently, the actions of Chua, a Filipino, have raised fears about unqualified foreign nurses working in UK hospitals, after it emerged that the investigation found inconsistencies in his medical qualifications.
Prosecutors told the jury that Chua took out his personal frustrations on patients “for reasons truly known only to himself”. There was attention drawn to a penned letter found at the nurse’s home after his arrest.
The letter was described as “the bitter nurse confession” by Chua. In it, he said he was “an angel turned into an evil person” and “there’s a devil in me”. He also wrote of having things he would “take to the grave”.
The judge said that Chua “had committed the most dreadful crimes and now he must pay the price”.
TNT News Yasin Chinembiri