Saturday 10 December 2016

‘He took pleasure at causing pain’ - Dentist ripped out healthy teeth and broke patients jaws

Published 26/04/2016 | 12:34

Van Nierop attending his trial last month
Van Nierop attending his trial last month

A Dutch dentist has been jailed in France for eight years for causing horrific injuries to his patients.

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Jacobus van Nierop, (51), was also banned from practising as a dentist and fined €10,500  for pulling out healthy teeth and leaving his patients with injuries including broken jaws, recurrent abscesses and septicaemia.

The prosecutor in the case,  Lucile Jaillon-Bru told the court in  Nevers that Van Nierop - who called himself Mark - "took pleasure at causing pain".

Evidence in the court heard that the dentist had conducted  "useless and painful procedures" on about 100 patients.

The court heard that Sylviane Boulesteix, 65, went to have braces fitted in 2012.

She said: "He gave me seven or eight injections, and pulled out eight teeth in one go. I was gushing blood for three days."

Bernard Hugon, 80, said the dentist left "pieces of flesh hanging everywhere" after tearing out a tooth.

 "Every time, he would give us what he called 'a little prick' and we were asleep, knocked out," said Nicole Martin, a retired teacher who lost several teeth to abscesses caused by the gory operations.

"When it was over, we would find a Post-it note saying to come back for an appointment the next day or the day after," she added.

The accused remained mainly mute during the trial, replying "no comment" to most questions.

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