Sunday, August 7, 2022

Former nurse gets 15 years’ jail term for murder of 4 PLWDs

The Potsdam Regional Court ordered that the accused be placed in a psychiatric hospital.

• December 22, 2021
German police
German police used to illustrate the story

A former nurse has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing four residents of a residential home for persons living with disability in Potsdam, just outside Berlin.

In addition, the Potsdam Regional Court on Wednesday ordered that the accused be placed in a psychiatric hospital.

The accused was found guilty on four counts of murder and several counts of attempted murder, as well as abuse of a ward, the First Criminal Division ruled.

The judgment is not yet final.

Presiding Judge Theodor Horstkoetter said the convict urgently needed medical help because of her mental condition.

He held that if the 52-year-old had gone to the doctor on the day of the attack, as this would have been the right thing to do, the victims could still be alive and would not have died “in such a cruel way.”

According to a psychiatric report, the woman suffers from a severe personality disorder and had committed the acts in a state of significantly reduced culpability.

The court considered it proven that, on the evening of April 28, the woman had attacked and fatally injured four residents aged between 31 and 56 in their rooms in the dormitory of the social welfare organisation Oberlinhaus.

A 43-year-old resident survived the attack after emergency surgery.

Meanwhile, in her closing statement, the accused apologised to the relatives of the victims and said that she was sorry.

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Heading 5

NDLEA arrests Akwa-Ibom pastor with drums of ‘Mkpuru Mmiri’

The agency said they belonged to Aniete Effiong, a so-called pastor who was arrested in Oron beach in Oron, Akwa-Ibom State.

Hot news Home top

Manchester United woes continue under ten Hag; lose 2-1 to Brighton at Old Trafford

But new coach Erik ten Hag and a couple signing could not save the Red Devils from Brighton who humiliated them 2-1 at Old Trafford.

Faith

Muslim lifestyle expo holds in Indonesia

The trade fair would attract tens of thousands offline visitors and millions of online viewers from various countries, organisers say.

Agriculture

Yobe distributes UNDP-assisted inputs to 500 farmers

Mr Goje said the support was part of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Yobe State Government Early Recovery Project.

Census

NationWide

Nigerians give advice on Census 2023

Mr Nwagou suggested that the statistics gathered should be used to effect positive change in the country.

Agriculture

60% of Nigerian youths should be in Agriculture: Beauty pageant

Ms Odida said that most youths were not aware of the abundant opportunities in the agricultural sector.