Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Nurse Niels Högel goes on trial in Germany over 100 patient deaths

Nurse Niels Högel goes on trial in Germany over 100 patient deaths

The victims range in age from 34 to 96. "We will do our utmost to learn the truth", Bührmann said.

In Germany was held the first hearing against former employee in the murder of 100 patients.

Each time, the nurse followed a similar procedure; he would inject his patient with a medication triggering a cardiac arrest, which would follow an attempted resuscitation.

They believe he was motivated by professional vanity, but also by boredom. Niels Högel is now serving a life sentence for killing two patients.

Hoegel was first caught in 2005 injecting unprescribed medication into a patient in Delmenhorst.

Hoegel is believed to be responsible for the death of more than 130 patients, but the cremation of more possible victims makes determining the exact number of victims almost impossible, according to the British broadcaster BBC.

It is the biggest serial killing case in Germany's post-war history.

At his second trial in 2014-2015, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on six convictions-two murder charges, three attempted murder charges, and one charge of unsafe bodily assault. Prosecutors say - his motive was to impress colleagues because he attempted to revive his victims after poisoning them.

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The current trial, which started with a minute's silence for the victims, is expected to last until May.

It was then that Hoegel confessed to his psychiatrist at least 30 more murders were committed in Delmenhorst, prompting investigators look at suspicious deaths in Oldenburg.

The Oldenburg state court is conducting the trial at a courtroom set up in a conference centre, a venue chosen to accommodate a large number of co-defendants as well as public interest in the proceedings.

An additional conviction could affect Hoegel's parole chances, but there are no consecutive sentences in Germany.

Hoegel said he would get a euphoric feeling by saving patients, but felt devastated when he failed.

"We fought for four years for this trial and expect Hoegel is sentenced for another 100 murders", said Marbach, whose grandfather was killed by Hoegel, the BBC reported.

Police said fellow nurses and doctors should have brought Hoegel's actions to light sooner.

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