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Niels Hoegel: Nurse admits at trial to kill 100 patients at two German hospitals

Updated          October 31, 2018 02:52:55     A nurse has admitted to trial to murder 100 patients at two German hospitals, crimes that…


October 31, 2018 02:52:55

A nurse has admitted to trial to murder 100 patients at two German hospitals, crimes that would make him post-war Germany’s deadliest serial killer.

Key points:

  • German media reports Hoegel may have killed more than 300 people
  • He told a previous trial he had the feeling of being able to resuscitate patients
  • Police chief says health authorities should act faster on suspicions

Niels Hoegel, who is already serving a life sentence for two murders, faced court in the north-western city of Oldenburg on Tuesday (local time).

The murder charges against him stem from his time at a hospital in Oldenburg between 1

999 and 2002 and at another hospital in nearby Delmenhorst from 2003 to 2005.

When asked by Judge Sebastian Buehrmann, whether the charges against him were valid, Hoegel responded in the affirmative.

“All that I have admitted to is true,” Hoegel added.

Hoegel’s admission will not end the trial that those families of the victims still hope to uncover more information about the crimes.

“We want him to get the sentence he deserves,” Frank Brinkers, whose father died in an overdose allegedly administered by Hoegel, said.

“When this trial is about we want to put this whole thing behind us and find closure.”

While Hoegel is on trial for the death of 100 patients, weekly German news magazine Der Spiegel reported special investigators had identified 322 potential victims.

The magazine also reported the prosecution exhumed 134 bodies to investigate for traces of drugs. Hoegel may have used, however, more than 100 of the former patients were cremated.

Health authorities slow to act

Hoegel, now aged 41, was convicted in 2015 and sentenced to 15 years in jail for two murders and two attempted murders committed at a hospital in Delmenhorst.

During that trial, he said he intentionally brought about cardiac cri see in roughly 90 patients in Delmenhorst because he enjoyed the feeling of being able to resuscitate them.

He later told investigators he also killed patients in Oldenburg.

Oldenburg police chief Johann Kuehme last year said other medical workers at Oldenburg were aware of an elevated number of resuscitations, and initial indications of possible wrongdoing by the nurse in Delmenhorst emerged as early as April 2003.

Mr Kuehme said many of the deaths could have been prevented if health authorities had acted more quickly on their suspicions .

An additional conviction could affect Hoegel’s possibility of parole, but there are no consecutive sentences in Germany.

In general, people serving life sentences are considered for parole after 15 years.

Authorities are pursuing criminal cases against former staff at the two medical facilities.

The Oldenburg State Court is conducting Hoegel’s trial at a courtroom set

ABC / wires






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October 30, 2018 20:12:22

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