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Angel of Death nurse is guilty of 85 murders; Victims injected with lethal drugs.

Byline: STEPHEN WHITE

A FORMER nurse dubbed the "Angel of Death" has been jailed for life for killing 85 of his patients.

Niels Hoegel injected victims with lethal drugs and then played the hero by appearing to struggle to revive them.

He has already been convicted and sentenced for two murders in 2015 and was serving 15 years.

There are fears he may have killed up to 300 people.

Passing sentence yesterday, judge Sebastian Buehrmann told the 42-year-old: "Your crimes are impossible to grasp. The human mind struggles to take in the sheer scale of these crimes."

Hoegel had been charged with committing 100 murders between 2000 and 2005.

horror Judge During the seven-month trial, he admitted 43 of the killings, disputed five and said he could not remember the other 52.

After his defence lawyers made their final legal arguments, Hoegel said he realised how much pain and suffering he had caused with his "terrible deed".

He told the court in Oldenburg, north-west Germany: "To each and every one of you I sincerely apologise for all that I have done."

The deaths took place at a hospital in Oldenburg between 1999 and 2002, and another hospital in nearby Delmenhorst from 2003 to 2005. Hoegel's victims ranged in age between 34 and 96.

German authorities investigated hundreds of deaths and exhumed the bodies of many former patients.

His was the worst killing spree in Germany's post-war history.

Hoegel told the court his dad and gran had both been nurses and they inspired him to go into the profession.

Police said that the killer had used five different drugs including ajmaline, sotalol, lidocaine, amiodarone and calcium chloride. Overdoses can lead to life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia and a drop in blood pressure, causing a rapid decline in a patient who is ill.

Buehrmann Records at the Oldenburg hospital showed rates of deaths and resuscitations had more than doubled when Hoegel was on shift. It was widely reported in Germany that the nurse was allowed to continue working for two days after he was caught "red handed" having administered drugs to a patient. During that time, he killed another victim.

Prosecutors said Hoegel had acted out of "boredom" and wanted to show off his skills of resuscitation.

Under German law, he could be freed after 15 years, but a life sentence can be enforced in full in extreme cases.

s.white@mirror.co.uk @StephenWhite278

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SERIAL KILLER Niels Hoegel arrives at the court yesterday

HORROR Judge Buehrmann

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