An ex-nurse admits at trial to murdering 100 patients

Niels Hoegel is accused of killing the patients out of 'boredom'

Niels Hoegel is accused of killing the patients out of 'boredom'

The nurse serving a life sentence for two murders is going on trial on charges that he killed a further 100 patients at two hospitals in Germany.

Niels Hoegel, 41, told a court in the northwestern city of Oldenburg that the charges against him were largely accurate, news agency dpa reported.

During Hoegel's second trial, a court-appointed psychologist said that Hoegel had told her he had injected 90 patients with heart medication during his stint at Delmenhorst Hospital.

A German former nurse accused of killing 100 patients in his care admitted Tuesday to the murders on the opening day of his trial.

According to reports, police said Hoegel may have killed more but the true number of victims may never be known because many patients who died at his hands were cremated.

Hoegel has already served ten years of his "life sentence" but the Post says a life sentence in Germany usually amounts to about 15 years. "It is like a house with dark rooms - we want to bring light into the darkness".

"We have fought for four years for this trial and expect Hoegel to be convicted of another 100 killings, ' said Christian Marbach, a representative of the patients" relatives.

Högel is already serving a life term for the deaths of six other patients.

They believe he was motivated by vanity, wanting to show off his skills and that he also acted out of "boredom".

Asked by the judge why he didn't admit to the remaining murders before now, Hoegel said it was "out of shame" and because it took him a long time to face up to what he had done at the first hospital.

Oldenburg police chief Johann Kuehme previous year said other medical workers at Oldenburg were aware of an elevated number of resuscitations, and initial indications of possible wrongdoing by the nurse in Delmenhorst emerged as early as April 2003.

Caught in 2005 while injecting a non-prescribed medication into a patient in Delmenhorst, Hoegel was sentenced in 2008 to seven years in prison for attempted murder.

Authorities are pursuing criminal cases against former staff at the two medical facilities.

During the trial Hegel means admitted to a psychiatrist that killed more than 30 people.

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