22 June 2016
A nurse who is serving a life sentence for injecting patients with lethal doses of heart medication may have been responsible for the death of 27 people, German police said on Wednesday.
Niels H, whose name was withheld in line with German privacy laws, is currently serving a life sentence on two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder.
He admitted at his trial last year to giving overdoses of ajmaline to about 90 frail, elderly patients so he could demonstrate heroism and skill by reviving them in the period 2003 to 2005.
Police investigators had examined the remains of 99 former patients at the hospital in the northern German town of Delmenhorst and announced on Wednesday that traces of the heart medication had been found in 27 of the bodies.
Prosecutor Thomas Sander said that investigations would continue until Niels H’s exact role in the killings were fully determined.