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Berlin: A German nurse serving a life sentence for murdering two of his patients is believed to have killed at least 86 others entrusted to his care, officials said Monday, in what they described as an imagination-defying series of crimes.

The nurse, identified as Niels Hoegel, was sentenced to life in prison in February 2015, after a court in the northern town of Oldenburg found him guilty of administering overdoses of heart medication to some patients in an intensive care ward in Delmenhorst.

He was convicted of two counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and causing bodily harm to patients and is serving his sentence.

During his trial, the former nurse confessed to intentionally inducing cardiac crises in 90 of his patients, 30 of whom he said had died. That prompted officials to launch an investigation into the deaths of some 130 of Hoegel’s former patients. The results were presented Monday in Oldenburg.

At least 84 of the convicted killer’s former patients were found to have died after suffering from injections of five different forms of medication, Johan Kuehme, chief of police in Oldenburg, told reporters.

Authorities are waiting for the results of another 41 toxicology reports, the results of which could drive the number of confirmed deaths even higher, he said.

“The realisation of what we were able to learn is horrifying,” Kuehme told reporters. “It defies any scope of the imagination.”

Former nurse Niels Hoegel stands in the courtroom wearing handcuffs and covering his face with a file at the district court in Oldenburg, Germany image

Hoegel, now 40, told the court at the time that he had enjoyed trying to revive the patients. But his efforts did not always succeed, leaving some to become his victims.

Former nurse Niels Hoegel, accused of multiple murder and attempted murder of patients, covering his face with a file at the district court in Oldenburg,Germany

The special commission, launched in October 2014, combed through evidence that included more than 500 patient files. It based its conclusions in part on toxicology tests on the remains of 134 possible victims, who were exhumed to see if they contained traces of the chemicals the nurse had confessed to using.

It found that Hoegel had administered lethal injections to patients at a hospital in Oldenburg, where he worked from 1999 to 2001.

In October 2016, prosecutors brought charges against six employees of the hospital in Delmenhorst, on suspicion of negligent manslaughter, for failing to take action despite their suspicion regarding the nurse’s actions.

A related investigation into hospital personnel in Oldenburg is continuing, but no one has been charged.

Niels Hoegel, face covered, was convicted in 2015 of two murders and two attempted murders at a clinic in the northwestern town of Delmenhorst.Germany.


A WOMAN who told her unsuspecting friends and neighbours that she was a doctor because she wanted to ”feel special” has been jailed for nine months.

Nora Zacardas convinced staff at Royal Prince Alfred and St George hospitals that she was an intern at Liverpool Hospital so she could view their medical procedures and scans.

Even her GP, who had been treating Zacardas for more than 15 years, offered her a job once she finished her medical training.

In handing down the prison sentence yesterday, magistrate Louise McManus said Zacardas had ”narcissistic, histrionic and antisocial personality traits” and was a ”risk to the community”.

The Downing Centre Local Court was told her neighbour Anne Papoutsis took advice from Zacardas about her chronic gynaecological problems and allowed her to watch as she was examined and treated while naked from the waist down at St George Hospital.

Zacardas then took gloves and medical equipment to help Ms Papoutsis perform the procedure at home. ”Your actions were a gross breach of trust,” Ms McManus said.

In May, Zacardas pleaded guilty to three counts of holding out to be a registered medical practitioner under the Medical Practice Act. In the mid 1990s, she was convicted of falsely acting as a psychologist and charging patients thousands of dollars in consultation fees.

The court was told her latest deception began to unravel when her close friend and Ms Papoutsis’s mother, Irene Zakis, contacted the former Medical Board of NSW following a tip-off, and discovered Zacardas had no medical training and had never worked at the hospital.

Outside the court, Ms Papoutsis said: ”I trusted her as a doctor. She was giving me advice. She told me not to have certain surgeries done. I feel manipulated and really used.”

Mrs Zakis said Zacardas examined her bowel and abdomen and accompanied her husband, Stephen, to hospital to see a lung specialist who, believing her to be a medical student, took her through Mr Zakis’s scans. ”She’s a con artist,” Mrs Zakis said.

Zacardas’s barrister, Julieanne Levick, told the court that after the death of her brother in 2009 ”Ms Zacardas was feeling not special and her underlying personality traits emerged, and she called herself a doctor to feel more special in herself”.

Ms McManus said Zacardas was at a high risk of reoffending and ordered her straight into custody. An appeal on the sentence will be heard next month.


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