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GERMAN NURSE SENTENCED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT FOR KILLING 85 PATIENTS

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A court in Germany has handed life sentence to a nurse, believed to be the most prolific serial killer in the country’s post-war history, for the “unfathomable” crime of murdering 85 patients in his care.

Judge Sebastian Buehrmann on Thursday called Niels Hoegel’s killing spree “incomprehensible” and acknowledged the trial left many families with painful unanswered questions.

The 42-year-old murdered patients, selected at random, with lethal injections between 2000 and 2005, when another nurse caught him in the act of injecting medication that had not been prescribed into a patient.

The 85 victims Hoegel was convicted of murdering ranged in age from 34 to 96. He was acquitted on 15 counts for lack of evidence.

Hoegel has already spent a decade in prison following a previous life sentence he received for six other murders.

The exhumation and autopsy of more than 130 bodies were necessary to build the case for the prosecution.

‘Unfathomable’

Police suspect that Hoegel’s final death toll may be more than 200.

But the court was unable to say for sure because of gaps in Hoegel’s memory and because many likely victims were cremated before autopsies could be performed.

Buehrmann of the regional court in the northern city of Oldenburg said the number of deaths at Hoegel’s hands “surpasses human imagination”.

“Your guilt is unfathomable,” he told the defendant. “Sometimes one’s worst nightmares fail to capture the truth.”

He expressed regret that the court had not been “fully able to lift the fog” for loved ones about other likely victims.

On the final day of hearings on Wednesday, Hoegel asked his victims’ families for forgiveness for his “horrible acts”.

“I would like to sincerely apologise for everything I did to you over the course of years,” he said.

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

A second trial followed in 2014-2015 under pressure from alleged victims’ families.

He was found guilty of murder and attempted murder of five other victims and given the maximum sentence of life.

At the start of the third trial in October, Buehrmann said the court aimed to establish the full scope of the killing that was allowed to go unchecked for years.

“It is like a house with dark rooms – we want to bring light into the darkness,” he said.

Hope for closure

Christian Marbach, whose grandfather was killed by Hoegel and who has served as a victims’ representative, welcomed the “big and clear verdict”.

But he noted that many more families hoped they would find closure from the trial with a definitive explanation as to what happened to their loved ones.

“It can’t satisfy us entirely. It is what was legally possible,” he said.

Marbach said the families would now file suit against the two hospitals where Hoegel killed patients.

“We’re finished with the defendant. Now we can bring those people to justice who made his crimes possible,” he said.

After admitting on the first day of testimony to killing 100 patients in his care, Hoegel later revised his statement.

He now says he committed 43 murders but denies five others.

For the remaining 52 cases examined by the court, he says he cannot remember whether he “manipulated” his victims – his term for administering the deadly injections.

Aljazeera

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Tob Cohen: Wife Detained for 12 More Days At Muthaiga Police Station

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The officer in charge of the court that Mr. Cohen had registered a complaint at parkland Police station said he had been threatened, beaten up and thrown from the second floor of their house by his wife. The court also heard that Ms. kamotho allegedly coached their employees on what to tell the officers in charge concerning her husband’s movements on the day he went missing; and that the employees later cancelled their previous accounts.

Cohen Tob, who has lived in Kenya since 1987, went missing between July 19 and July 20 this year.

The employees at the Cohen’s home previously told the police that he was on the afternoon of July 20-picked up and drive off in a white car while carrying only a briefcase. Mr. Cohen and Ms. Kamotho were reported entangled in a bitter divorce case, at the Center of which was a multi-million shilling property, during the days leading up to his disappearance.

On July 12, 2019 he had also filed an assault case against his alienated wife, during which he also cited continuous harassment and denied of his connubial right by the woman. “On 5th of February 2019 Sarah Wairimu stormed in our clients home office and threw a glass of water aimed at the face of our client and threatened him” reads court papers filed by Musyoki Mogaka & Co. Advocates on behalf of Mr. Cohen.

On July 18 Ms. Kamotho wrote a note to the Dutch Embassy in Nairobi alleging that; “Tob Cohen has depression and mental condition he won’t address for personal reasons and this has been and is causing a lot of problems. Director of criminal investigation George Kinoti on Thursday last week said the missing Dutch citizen could have been murdered, adding that Ms. Kamotho is the prime suspect in the case.

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Revealed: How Tycoon Dutch Tob Cohen Died From Severe Head Trauma

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It has now found that the  late Dutch businessman Tob Cohen died from a severe head trauma inflicted by a blunt object. Post-mortal examination results released on Friday revealed that a kick to the right side of the head is what killed him.

Detective found the body at his Kitisuru home almost two months after he had been reported missing,” The body was of a male adult of light skinned race  who had been preserved by refrigerator and was break up….in black polyethylene bag, yellow polyethylene  bag and red polyethylene bag.”

The Pathologists said they collected 10 samples from the deceased’s body that had been found in an underground water tank. Some parts of the body were found to be overrun by parasites while the eyes had been blindfolded, hands and feet were tired with a rope at the neck.

Both hands were fractured with a lot of bruises while his upper lip was found torn on the sides. Report from 5 diagnosticians further revealed that the late Cohen had many rib injuries and bruises on the diaphragm.

The  pathology reports, the late Cohen was found to have bruises on the right side of the face and his left external ear also had a torn ragged  wound. Bruises were  also discovered on the chest, arms, lower limbs and the right foot.

Diagnostician used finger and toe nails as DNA sample for the post-mortal examination as well as sprig and flora(vegetation) they found enclosed on the body.

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