Killer nurse Victorino Chua has issued a statement denying his involvement in the Stepping Hill Hospital poisonings.
Chua, who was convicted of murdering two patients, intentionally causing grievous bodily harm to one patient who suffered a brain injury as a result of being poisoned and for whom Chua falsified his medical records, and attempting to intentionally cause grievous bodily harm to 21 other patients, was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday.
The 49-year-old deliberately contaminated products at the Stockport hospital with insulin, which would cause patients to suffer a drop in blood sugar levels, with varying effects. Among the 21 patients he poisoned, four were from the High Peak and Hope Valley.
In a statement issued through his defence team CM Solicitors of Manchester, Chua, said: “As my counsel re-iterated to the judge in court yesterday during my sentencing hearing, my position has not changed.
“I continue to deny that I was the perpetrator of the insulin poisoning and prescription chart alteration offences at Stepping Hill Hospital in 2011 and 2012. Prior to my trial I spent two years on restrictive police bail followed by a year on remand in custody and have throughout consistently denied my involvement.
“After a four month trial the jury, after considering the evidence which was entirely circumstantial for a period of over three weeks, reached verdicts which, whilst I respect the jury’s integrity and good faith, are not in accordance with the truth of the matter. I am completely innocent of any wrong doing. I now face a minimum of 35 years in custody for crimes I did not commit.
“I will never cease my efforts to prove my innocence and remain confident that the justice system will ultimately prevail, not just for myself but also for the victims of these terrible crimes and their families, for whom I have every sympathy and for whom justice has not been served by this wrongful conviction.
“To that end I would call upon anyone who has information that might lead to the identification of the true perpetrator of these crimes at Stepping Hill Hospital to come forward and make contact with my solicitor, Jeremy Moore of CM Solicitors as a matter of urgency.”