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Killing Spree Filipino nurse found guilty of murdering 2 patients, poisoning 20 others through drips

A Filipino nurse has been found guilty of murdering two of his patients and poisoning twenty others .

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(Daily Mail)

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A 49-year-old Philippines nurse Victorino Chua, has been found guilty of murdering two patients and poisoning 20 others over two years while working in an NHS hospital, the Daily Mail reports.

According to court records, Chua injected insulin into saline bags and ampoules while working on two wards at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, UK, in June and July 2011, and in the process, murdered patients Tracey Arden, 44, and Derek Weaver, 83.

The Filipino father of two whom police believe may also have faked his qualifications before coming to Britain, carried out the crimes while working night shifts and tampered with medicine and either gave them to patients himself or put them back so his colleagues would unwittingly use them.

After a number of poisonings, police were called in, so he started to tamper with prescription charts instead by doubling or trebling dosages to unsafe levels or removing drugs they needed to take.

Survivors described how they were admitted to Stepping Hill with relatively minor illnesses only to be 'left on their death beds' minutes after being treated by Chua.

After 11 days of deliberations he was found guilty on 34 of 37 charges at Manchester Crown Court, which involved poisoning 22 people in total.

Tracey Arden, who had multiple sclerosis, was admitted for a 'mild' chest infection and would have expected to 'sail through this storm', the court heard.

But she was pronounced dead eight hours after admission after being treated with a saline ampoule contaminated with insulin.

Mr Weaver was admitted with a chest infection and after being given a saline drip, he 'appeared to be in agony, (with his) eyes rolling back in his head'.

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