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Killer Nurse Victorino Chua Jailed For Minimum Of 35 Years For Hospital Poisoning Spree

19/05/2015 12:35 BST | Updated 19/05/2015 12:59 BST

A nurse who murdered and poisoned patients at a hospital in Stockport will spend at least 35 years in jail, a judge has ruled.

Victorino Chua, self-styled 'angel turned evil', was sentenced after having been found guilty of killing two of those in his care at Stepping Hill Hospital and poisoning 20 others.

The father of two injected insulin into saline bags and ampoules - unwittingly used by other nurses on the ward - leading to a series of insulin overdoses to mainly elderly victims.

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Chua will serve a minimum of 35 years in prison

Passing sentence, Mr Justice Openshaw told the court: "He has committed a dreadful crime and he must now pay the price.

"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.

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Chua described himself as an "angel turned evil"

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"It is as if he left it to fate to decide who would be the victim."

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.

Chua, dressed in a brown coat zipped up to his neck, showed no flicker of emotion, only blinking as his sentence was read out.

The tragic stories of those Chua poisoned and the events that led up to his arrest were revealed as part of the case:

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