Life for German nurse who killed nine patients
22 February 2006, BONN - A German nurse who killed nine elderly women in an old people's home in Germany was jailed Wednesday for life.
22 February 2006
BONN - A German nurse who killed nine elderly women in an old people's home in Germany was jailed Wednesday for life.
Judges in the western German city of Bonn said the 27-year-old nurse probably suffocated most of the patients with pillows. She was convicted on four counts of murder, four counts of manslaughter and one count of assisting a suicide. Lawyers said she would appeal.
Doctors who wrote the death certificates noticed nothing amiss at the old people's home near Bonn.
In southern Germany, a male nurse is currently on trial over the deaths of 29 people in Germany's worst serial murder case. He allegedly injected hospital patients with overdoses of painkillers.
Evidence in the Bonn case was described as circumstantial by the defence. The accused retracted a confession she had made to police and insisted she was innocent. But judges said she was not credible.
The victims, aged 79 to 93, all died while she was on duty between November 2003 and April 2004.
Judges ruled that she was sane and ordered that she not be eligible for parole after 15 years as is customary in Germany. Some of the cases were not considered murder because it was possible she had thought she was doing a kindness to victims who were very frail.
The woman asserted in court she had lost her nerve under police interrogation and "invented the lie that I killed the women". Her legal team claimed she was a compulsive liar who made such claims to overcome an inferiority complex.
Subject: German news