A German nurse who admitted to killing more than 30 of his patients as part of an adrenaline-fueled game wherein he would attempt to revive them apologized to the families of his victims.
Prosecutors first accused the nurse, a 38-year-old man identified only as Niels H, of killing three people and attempting to kill two others by injecting them with lethal doses of heart medication, claiming he was motivated by the thrill associated with trying to revive the patients from the brink of death.
The defendant only later revealed during his trial in the city of Oldenburg that he performed similarly deadly procedures on as many as 90 patients, resulting in at least 30 deaths between the years of 2003 and 2005.
Court spokesman Michael Herrmann told The Associated Press that the defendant would get bored after being moved from an emergency room to a new role.
“When a CPR occurred there he got a kick out of it and decided to actively bring about resuscitation cases in Delmenhorst,” said Mr Herrmann.
Niels apologized to his victims’ relatives during an appearance in court this week, saying he understood if they were unable to accept his apology.
Police are currently looking into some 200 deaths that occurred during his time working at hospitals in German cities Delmenhorst, Oldenburg and Wilhelmshaven. The verdict on his charges is expected next week.