Nurse tied to over 100 deaths
A GERMAN former nurse serving a life sentence for killing patients by injecting them with a deadly medication is now suspected of killing more than 100 people.
If he is found guilty that would make him one of the nation’s worst serial murderers.
Prosecutors in the northern German city of Oldenburg said toxicological investigations have identified a further 16 deaths that the nurse, identified only as Niels H under Germany’s strict privacy laws, was responsible for.
In August, police said they believed the 40-year-old may have killed 84 more patients at hospitals in Oldenburg and the city of Delmenhorst.
H was sentenced to life in prison in February 2015 in relation to six cases of murder or attempted murder. Prosecutors plan to bring more charges next year.
The bodies of scores of former patients have been exhumed but many have since been cremated.
During his trial, he confessed to killing more patients during his career, prompting the formation of a special commission to investigate deaths at two clinics where he worked.
The commission has been analysing hundreds of medical records and has exhumed more than 100 bodies to test them for traces of drugs.