Self-styled ‘angel turned evil’ Victorino Chua has been jailed for at least 35 years for murdering two patients and poisoning 20 others.
Father-of-two Chua, 49, described by detectives as a narcissistic psychopath, injected insulin into saline bags and ampoules while working on two acute wards at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, in June and July 2011.
He has committed a dreadful crime and he must now pay the price
These were unwittingly used by other nurses, causing a series of insulin overdoses to mainly elderly victims.
Filipino Chua was convicted by a jury at Manchester Crown Court following a three-month trial. His victims’ loved ones were in court as Chua was told he would serve a minimum of 35 years before being eligible for parole.
Mr Justice Openshaw told the court: “He has committed a dreadful crime and he must now pay the price.”
His victims’ loved ones packed the public gallery above the dock where Chua sat below, with 10 jurors returning to court to see him sent down following a trial stretching over four months.
All sat grim-faced in silence as Mr Justice Openshaw recounted the pain, suffering and deaths of his victims and the anguish of their loved ones.
Impassive throughout the entire trial, Chua showed no flicker of emotion, only blinking as he sat listening.
Stifled cries could be heard from the public gallery as Chua was taken down.
Passing sentence, Mr Justice Openshaw added: “What he did was inexplicable and irrational. It is a striking, sinister and truly wicked feature of the case, he did not personally administer contaminated products directly to most of these patients but, having left saline bags contaminated with insulin, he did not know which nurse would unwittingly collect them and still less to which patient the nurse would then unwittingly administer the poison. It is as if he left it to fate to decide who would be the victim.”