Stepping Hill deaths: Nurse Victorino Chua in court

Victorino Chua
Image caption Victorino Chua is next due in court on 2 October

A nurse accused of murdering three patients at Stockport's Stepping Hill Hospital has appeared in court.

Victorino Chua, 48, appeared via video-link at Manchester Crown Court for an administrative hearing.

He is accused of murdering patients Tracey Arden, 44, Arnold Lancaster, 71 and Alfred Derek Weaver, 83.

He is also accused of 31 other offences, including causing grievous bodily harm and attempted poisoning, between June 2011 and January 2012.

Mr Chua has been charged with three counts of murder, one of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, 22 of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent, seven of attempting to administer poison and one of causing poison to be administered with intent.

He has not entered a plea.

Mr Justice Openshaw further remanded Mr Chua into custody until the next hearing in the case on 2 October at the same court.

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