Nurse 'admits 30' hospital killings
09 January 2015, 08:16
Berlin - A German nurse who is on trial for three hospital murders admitted to a psychologist that he killed 30 patients in all, and nearly killed an additional 60 with drug overdoses, a court heard on Thursday.
Prosecutors had earlier decided to limit the trial to just three killings to make the case easier to prove.
The court-appointed psychologist told the court in the north-western city of Oldenburg the man admitted in their talks he had used overdoses of a cardiac drug on "about 30" seriously ill people from 2003 to 2005 at Delmenhorst Hospital.
The other 60 survived the injections. The accused, aged 38, insisted he had not tried to kill anyone at other hospitals during his career, or while he had worked as an ambulance crewman.
Prosecutors say his motive was to recklessly create intensive-care emergencies where he could impress and win gratitude with his talent for saving people from the brink of death.
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His name has been withheld under German media privacy guidelines.
At a trial that began last year he is is charged with three murders and two attempted murders. He is already serving seven and a half years in prison on a 2008 conviction for attempted murder.
A colleague caught him red-handed in summer 2005 as he was injecting a patient in intensive care with an overdose. Her accusation set the series of cases going, but more deaths a decade ago only gradually emerged in reviews of patient files.