Stepping Hill murder trial: Jury considers verdict

Victorino Chua walking down street past houses
Image caption Victorino Chua denies murdering three patients and poisoning 18 others

The jury in the trial of a nurse accused of murdering three patients and poisoning 18 others has retired to consider its verdict.

The alleged offences against 21 patients are said to have taken place at Stepping Hill hospital in Stockport between June 2011 and January 2012.

Victorino Chua, 49, originally from the Philippines, denies all the charges.

He is accused of secretly injecting insulin into saline bags and altering prescribed dosages on medical notes.

Mr Chua denies killing Tracey Arden, 44, Arnold Lancaster, 71, and 83-year-old Alfred Weaver.

The nurse has pleaded not guilty to 37 charges in all, including 25 counts of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent, eight counts of attempting to administer poison and one count of administering poison.

The trial at Manchester Crown Court began in January.

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