So, Rebecca Leighton who was accused by the police of contaminating ampoules of saline with insulin has been released without charge, indeed the CPS stated “there had not been “sufficient evidence” for their test of whether the case could go ahead.”
Charges have been dropped against a nurse who was accused of contaminating saline at Stockport’s Stepping Hill Hospital.
Rebecca Leighton, 27, of Heaviley, was arrested by police investigating the deaths of several patients.
Greater Manchester Police have revealed they are investigating 40 cases of contamination including seven deaths.
Prosecutors said there had not been “sufficient evidence” for their test of whether the case could go ahead.
Police believe that at least two deaths at the hospital were the result of contaminated saline.
Officers said Miss Leighton had been released from prison on Friday afternoon after she was told by the governor the charges against her were being dropped.
They said police were in contact with her to guarantee her safety and “to try and help her back into the community”.
I’m sure the police will do their best for this young lady to try and rehabilitate her back into society, yet I’m afraid the damage is done. The media ever in their quest to spice up a story and dig up dirt have probably ruined her chances of getting back into employment at least in the short term.
Miss Leighton, 27 – herself born at Stepping Hill – was described by colleagues as ‘dedicated’.
She was arrested at 6am on Wednesday in the flat she shares with her fiancé Tim Papworth, 28, a 15-minute walk from Stepping Hill.
Her Facebook profile revealed she enjoyed getting drunk on wine on days off and dreaded night-shifts at the hospital lasting as much as 14 hours.
After the nurse’s party-loving lifestyle came under scrutiny due to her numerous entries on social networking websites, they launched a campaign of support.
If you check the mail site, the pictures produced from social networking sites tell you how exactly the MSM viewed her in their prurient desire to show her off as some sort of lax party going drunkard. Yet it seemed unlikely from the start that Ms Leighton could have tampered with all the vials of saline to an identical specification, they are sealed and whilst it might not have been obvious to other staff if tampering had been done the likelihood of all the ampoules (36 I think) having the exactly the same amount of contamination seems remote, yet that’s what the police found. What evidence there was suggested that Rebecca Leighton had taken some equipment from the hospital, possibly some drugs or syringes, enough to get her on theft, but no evidence at all to suggest she was some sort of angel of death.
Once again as with Chris Jeffries the landlord in the Joanna Yeates case someone has had their lives ruined by media intrusion and speculation. No, Rebecca Leighton is no saint, but her private life was her own and she harmed no-one by liking parties and drinking a lot. It was wrong of the media to bring this out, perhaps she should have been sacked and charged over the missing equipment, assuming this would have even been discovered had not the patient deaths occurred. After all she certainly wouldn’t be the first to take stuff home with her from work, but there was no reason to have her associated by inference to the deaths of the patients and her name and reputation dragged through the mud by the MSM.
I wish her well, we’ve all made mistakes, we’ve all paid the price of those mistakes on occasion. She didn’t deserve the media circus though, that was the true injustice.