Monday 23 October 2017

Nurse 'regrets' 30 patient deaths

Former nurse Niels H hides his face behind a folder prior to the start of his trial at a court in Oldenburg, Germany (AP/dpa)
Former nurse Niels H hides his face behind a folder prior to the start of his trial at a court in Oldenburg, Germany (AP/dpa)

A nurse in Germany has expressed regret for killing up to 30 patients by giving them an overdose of heart medication.

The 38-year-old man reportedly told Oldenburg regional court he brought about cardiac arrests in some 90 patients because he enjoyed the feeling of being able to resuscitate them.

He claimed 30 of these patients died.

The defendant, identified only as Niels H in line with German privacy rules, is accused of committing three murders and two attempted murders.

Police are investigating more deaths between 2003 and 2005 in Oldenburg and the nearby towns of Delmenhorst and Wilhelmshaven in north-western Germany.

Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for H, who was previously convicted of attempted murder in 2008 and sentenced to seven and a half years in prison.

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