Victorino Chua found guilty of murder

Published on 19 May 2015

Nurse convicted of attacks on patients at Stepping Hill Hospital

Victorino Chua, a registered adult nurse, has been found guilty of two counts of murder and multiple poisonings at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport. 

Chua stood trial charged with three counts of murder, 24 counts of attempting to commit grievous bodily harm with intent, one count of grievous bodily harm with intent, eight counts of attempting to administer poison and one count of administering poison.

The jury at Manchester Crown Court acquitted him of one count of murder. He has been convicted for 33 attacks in total.

Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, said:

"We have worked closely with Greater Manchester Police during the investigation. We will now continue with our fitness to practise proceedings to ensure the public is protected. 

"We understand that Greater Manchester Police have concerns about Mr Chua's qualifications, but we have not been shown evidence that his documents were fraudulent.

"When Mr Chua joined the register in 2002, our registration process allowed applicants to provide photocopies of documentation.

"We recognise that this was far from ideal, and we have significantly strengthened our processes since then.

"We now require original documentation, and applicants must undergo a face-to-face interview and a two-stage test of competence."

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