A German court has sentence a nurse to life imprisonment for the crime of murdering 85 of his patients.
The nurse who was identified as Niels Hoegel, is said to be Germany’s deadliest post-war serial killer.
While summing up the trial, the judge said Hoegel’s actions were “incomprehensible: That’s the word that characterizes this.”
The 42-year-old killed some of his patients at random with lethal injection between 2000 and 2005, before another colleague of his caught him in the act of injecting a patient with a non-prescribed medication.
Initially, the health worker had confessed of killing 100 patients at two hospitals in Northern Germany, however, he was acquitted of 15 cases due to the fact that the evidence the persecutors had was not sufficient.
MrHoegels victims were aged between 34 and 96 years old. He was in the habit of giving his victims various non-prescribed drugs, in a bid to show off his resuscitation skills to colleagues and fight off boredom.
According to a previous hearing, Hoegel said he felt euphoric when he managed to bring a patient back to life, and devastated when he failed.
MrHoegel has already spent over 10 years in prison for a live sentience he received for murdering 6 people.
The police suspects that Hoegel killed over 200 people, but this cannot be correctly ascertained because many of these patients were cremated before they had any autopsy according to Agence France-Presse news (AFP) agency.
Hoegel asked his victims’ families for forgiveness on Wednesday for his “horrible acts.”
“I would like to sincerely apologize for everything I did to you over the course of years,” he said during the hearing, AFP reported.
One of the questions that is surround this case of mass murder is how Hoegel was able to murder so many people without anyone in the hospital suspecting anything.
Some of his Former colleagues at the Delmenhorst clinic where he worked admitted that they had their suspicions but they never acted on it. However, all of the staff who testified said that they never noticed the rising death toll. 7