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Nurse killed 100 patients in his care

01 November 2018, 10:13 | Rodolfo Wallace

Nurse on trial for allegedly killing 100 patients at two German hospitals

Niels Hoegel covers his face with a folder as he arrives at the temporary Oldenburg district court at the Weser Ems halls in Oldenburg Germany

A former nurse accused of killing 100 patients at two hospitals in Germany over a decade ago told a court as his trial opened Tuesday that the charges against him are largely accurate.

Each time, the nurse followed a similar procedure; he would inject his patient with a medication triggering a cardiac arrest, which would follow an attempted resuscitation.

One of the more than 100 co-plaintiffs in the trial, Christian Marbach, said it was a scandal that Hoegel was able to kill with impunity for so long without hospital authorities or law enforcement intervening.

Those convictions led authorities to investigate hundreds of deaths and exhume bodies of former patients in the clinics where he worked.

"We fought for four years for this trial and expect Hoegel is sentenced for another 100 murders", said Marbach, whose grandfather was killed by Hoegel, the BBC reported. Known as Dr Death, Shipman was sentenced to 15 life terms in 2000; he died in prison in 2004, after apparently committing suicide.

Hoegel is believed to be responsible for the death of more than 130 patients, but the cremation of more possible victims makes determining the exact number of victims almost impossible, according to the British broadcaster BBC.

Hoegel was first caught in 2005 injecting unprescribed medication into a patient in Delmenhorst.

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"We will strive to seek the truth with all our strength".

He has been convicted of 38 murders in Oldenburg and 62 in Delmenhorst and his victims were aged between 34 and 96.

They believe he was motivated by professional vanity, but also by boredom. "When this trial is over we want to put this whole thing behind us and find closure". Prosecutors say - his motive was to impress colleagues because he attempted to revive his victims after poisoning them.

In general, people serving life sentences are considered for parole after 15 years.

Murders were committed in the period from 1999 to 2005.

He is now charged with a further 97 murders, having confessed to a prison psychologist that the true extent of his killing spree was far larger than supposed.

Investigators say the final toll could top 200 but fear they might never know for sure because the bodies of many possible victims were cremated. Investigators are building a case against former staff at both facilities where Hoegel said he killed his patients.

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