Stepping Hill Deaths: Suspect's Bail Extended

8 July 2013, 14:07

A man suspected of being behind the deaths of a number of hospital patients in Stockport has had his bail extended - as authorities admit they need more time to go over what happened.

The 47-year-old man was arrested in January in connection with the deaths of three patients at Stepping Hill hospital, the deliberate poisoning of 19 other patients and the tampering of medical records.

He'll now answer bail on November 29th, instead of this week as originally scheduled.

Eight people died at Stepping Hill during the summer of 2011. They were among 22 who had been poisoned.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood of Greater Manchester Police said: "A comprehensive file of evidence continues to be compiled and is currently being reviewed by the Crown Prosecution Service.

"Given the size and scope of the investigation the content being considered is vast and complex and it is only right that it is reviewed meticulously and properly considered before any decision about potential charges is made.

"This process is ongoing and that is why this man's bail has been further extended, so that a fair and just decision can be reached based upon all the available evidence."

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