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German nurse might have killed over 100 sufferers, prosecutors say

BERLIN — A nurse who’s already serving a life sentence for 2 murders might have killed greater than 100 sufferers over a number of years at two hospitals in northwestern Germany, prosecutors mentioned Thursday.

Investigators have accomplished toxicological examinations on sufferers who died throughout Niels Hoegel‘s time as a nurse in hospitals in Oldenburg and Delmenhorst, prosecutors and police in Oldenburg mentioned. They discovered 16 different circumstances wherein he’s suspected.

In late August, they mentioned that they had decided that he might need killed not less than one other 84 sufferers past those for whose homicide he’s already serving time. On the time, they mentioned they had been awaiting toxicology outcomes on one other 41 fatalities, which have now been concluded.

Prosecutors reiterated in a press release that they anticipate to file extra expenses in opposition to Hoegel early subsequent 12 months. Further convictions might have an effect on Hoegel’s risk of parole, however there aren’t any consecutive sentences in Germany.

Hoegel was convicted in 2015 of two murders and two tried murders at a hospital in Delmenhorst and was sentenced to life in jail. 

Niels Hoegel masks his face with a folder throughout a court docket look in Oldenburg, Germany, December 9, 2014. 

Fabian Bimmer / REUTERS

Throughout his trial, Hoegel had mentioned he deliberately led to cardiac crises in some 90 sufferers in Delmenhorst as a result of he loved the sensation of with the ability to resuscitate them. He later informed investigators that he additionally killed sufferers in Oldenburg.

Hoegel labored on the Oldenburg hospital from 1999 to 2002 and in Delmenhorst from 2003 to 2005.

Prosecutors mentioned he’s now suspected in 38 circumstances in Oldenburg and 62 in Delmenhorst, however that in 5 of these circumstances, additional examinations are wanted. It is not clear when these can be concluded.

As a part of a wider investigation involving each hospitals, police and prosecutors reviewed greater than 500 affected person recordsdata and a whole bunch extra hospital data. Additionally they exhumed 134 our bodies from 67 cemeteries, and questioned Hoegel six instances.

Police have mentioned if native well being officers hadn’t hesitated in alerting authorities, Hoegel might have been stopped earlier.

Authorities are already pursuing felony circumstances in opposition to former workers on the two medical amenities. 

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