Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Nurse murdered three patients and poisoned 18 others by contaminating saline with insulin "completely at random"
A nurse murdered three patients and poisoned 18 others by contaminating saline with insulin "completely at random", a court has heard.
Victorino Chua, 49, also altered prescribed dosages at Stockport's Stepping Hill Hospital, Manchester Crown Court heard.
Prosecutor Peter Wright QC said the nurse's actions made it a "lottery" as to who received contaminated products.
Mr Chua, of Heaton Norris, denies 36 charges, including three of murder.
The alleged offences against 21 patients are said to have taken place between June 2011 and January 2012.
The jury heard the "preponderance" of such incidents, when blood sugar levels dropped dangerously low, seemed to follow Mr Chua between the wards.
Mr Wright said the nurse also deliberately falsified the medical notes of two patients to conceal hypoglycaemic episodes and in one case, the patient's real condition was only discovered after he had suffered a brain injury.
The trial, which is expected to last up to four months, continues.
Full BBC story here.