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How The Tabloids Monstered Rebecca Leighton Over The Stepping Hill Hospital Deaths

by | 2nd, September 2011

REBECCA Leighton is free. The nurse was arrested suspicion of murder in July. Her arrest followed the deaths of two men and a woman at Stockport’s Stepping Hill Hospital. The theory was that insulin was deliberately injected into 36 saline containers.

She was convicted of no crime. Still, the Mirror said she was being held by saline serial killer cops ”.

Who knew that the police had an entire division devoted to saline serial killers? The Times and Telegraph led with photos of Leighton taken from her Facebook page. No, not shots of the nurse looking starched and orderly but photos of her looking zany and bit waahaaay on nights out with mates.

The Mail wanted its readers to play armchair detective why should saline serial killer cops get all the fun? It’s front page asked:

“DID THIS NURSE MURDER THREE PATIENTS?”

Beneath a photo of faces, the Mail wrote:

Victims: Tracey Arden, 44, George Keep, 84, and Arnold Lancaster, 71, who died at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport

Victims of what? Stress? On her Facebook page, Leighton wrote that she was shattered ”. And:

“God it [sic] hard work x”.

July 4: “Really really don’t want to go to work

xx.”

Over in the Mail , that became:

Rebecca Leighton’s Facebook pages tell of a frantic social life that helped her cope with the stress of work.

She did write:

“Worst night’s sleep ever last nite, now for 14 hr shift aggghhhhhhh”

In another post she wrote: Bad bad day follow(ed) by wine is a must .’

This becomes the Mail’s :

Wine lover: Rebecca Leighton wrote of her love of partying and was often seen at her local corner shop buying rose wine and cigarettes

The Mail kept hammering at her. It had seen her Facebook page:

In one picture, Leighton is seen downing a bottle of wine.

Can you see someone down an entire bottle of wine in a single photo? No. You can see them looking as if they are drinking wine. The rest is guess work designed to create an impression of the innocent nurse.

Were there any witnesses to her behaviour?

At a convenience store near her Stockport home, proprietor Hamid Bayatpoor, 47, said: “She comes in all the time in her nurse’s uniform and buys wine and cigarettes – Echo Falls rosé and packets of 20 or 40 Mayfair.”

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