In a gruesome incident that came to light on Monday, police officers in Germany have said a male nurse who was awarded life imprisonment, two years ago for killing two patients with lethal overdose of drug has in fact murdered at least 90 patients in total.
After exhuming and examining more bodies, police said on Monday, August 28, 2017, that more evidence of murders has been discovered. The number of actual victims is likely higher because some former patients were cremated, making it impossible to gather evidence, the police chief added. 130 bodies were exhumed and tested for the deadly drug.
Past year the bodies of 130 former patients were exhumed following a court order, with police detecting evidence of Hoegel's involvement in additional murders.More news: Dozens killed in fresh Saudi-led airstrike on Yemen's capital
Toxicological reports for 41 people have not been completed, which means the number of victims could rise, police said.
The investigation that led to the convictions also caused prosecutors to believe the nurse had killed many more patients.
In past hearings, Niels H. conceded intentionally infusing patients at two facilities in northern Germany with savage medications and after that endeavoring to restore them so as to play the legend, German telecaster NDR said.More news: Rugby Championship: New Zealand edge to 35-29 win over Australia
"The death toll is unique in the history of the German republic", said Arne Schmidt, the chief police investigator.
If Hoegel is tried and convicted on any additional charges, it won't affect his life sentences since the German court system doesn't allow for consecutive sentence, the AP reported.
Prosecutor Daniela Schiereck-Bohlemann claimed that Hoegel admitted to 30 cases in which he killed patients, AFP said.More news: Clear Link Between Heavy Vitamin B Intake And Lung Cancer
Had health authorities acted sooner this problem could have been avoided, Kuehme said. Afterward, a woman who'd followed the case contacted police to say her mother may also have fallen victim to Hogel.