required life against a nurse accused of a hundred murders

Because of the particular gravity of the offense, the Oldenburg Public Prosecutor's Office also required the impossibility of being released before fifteen years against the accused, who had confessed to 43 murders at the opening of his trial.

The World with AFP Posted today at 17h17

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Former nurse Niels Högel, at her trial in Oldenburg, Germany, on May 16, 2019.
Former Nurse Niels Högel, at her trial in Oldenburg, Germany, May 16, 2019. HAUKE-CHRISTIAN DITTRICH / AFP

Put a patient in danger of death, to save him then, fail and start again, again and again. The case is unprecedented in post-WWII Germany. Thursday, May 16, the German justice has required life imprisonment against former nurse Niels Högel, suspected of a hundred murders of patients.

In his indictment, the prosecutor's office in Oldenburg, in the north of the country, said he was convinced that the 42-year-old nurse, already sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of six patients, had killed, by injection, Ninety-seven other people between 2000 and 2005. His victims were between 34 and 96 years old.

Because of the particular gravity of the offense, the public prosecutor's office also requested the impossibility of being released before fifteen years of age against the accused, who had confessed to forty-three murders at the opening of his trial, in October 2018, and added not being able to remember fifty-two other cases.

Deceive boredom

For five years, first at the Oldenbourg Hospital and then at the nearby town of Delmenhorst, Niels Högel intentionally injected drugs to patients to cause cardiac arrest before attempting to treat them. revive, usually without success.

He was seeking, he explained at the opening of his trial, satisfaction and "Positive comments" he was receiving after saving a life. For the floor, he also acted to deceive boredom. Psychiatric expertise revealed narcissistic disorders and a panic fear of death.

According to fellow prisoners, he is satisfied with being the biggest criminal since the last war in Germany. The investigators even suspect him of killing two hundred or even three hundred people. But proving these killings proved impossible, as many of the deceased patients were cremated. The verdict will be delivered on June 6th.

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