Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
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Nurse to go on trial for killing over 100 patients

Nurse to go on trial for killing over 100 patients

Niels Hoegel is already serving a life sentence for two murders and was in court today to answer charges that he killed scores more while working at two hospitals in Germany.

Presiding Judge Sebastian Bührmann asked Hoegel if the charges against him were true, to which he responded "Yes", DW reported.

Prosecutors said Hoegel should have been aware that the drugs he gave to patients at hospitals in Delmenhorst and Oldenburg could cause life-threatening cardiac problems.

If convicted the killer would become one of the worst in Germany's post-war history.

His mass murder went unnoticed for years, partially because numerous patients he treated were already critically ill and because Hoegel tried to resuscitate his victims after deliberately putting them on the brink of death.

Hoegel's trial is expected to end in May of next year.

An additional conviction could affect Hoegel's parole chances, but there are no consecutive sentences in Germany.

He was found guilty of murder and attempted murder of five other victims and given the maximum sentence of 15 years.


His mass murder went unnoticed for years, partially because numerous patients he treated were already critically ill and because Hoegel tried to resuscitate his victims after deliberately putting them on the brink of death.

Christian Marbach, a spokesperson for relatives, said it was a scandal that he had been killing for so many years with impunity.

Hoegel said he had kept quiet "out of shame" and because it had taken him a long time to realise the full scope of what he had done.

The man was first arrested in 2005, when I noticed that he enters the patient's medication he was not prescribed.

They believe he was motivated by vanity, wanting to show off his skills and that he also acted out of "boredom".

Hoegel was jailed in February 2015 for two murders and several attempted murders of intensive-care patients at the Delmenhorst hospital near the northern city of Bremen.

Police said fellow nurses and doctors should have brought Hoegel's actions to light sooner.

During the trial Hegel means admitted to a psychiatrist that killed more than 30 people.

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