‘Angel of death’ guilty in nursing home killings

A security guard at a Spanish retirement home was on Tuesday found guilty of killing 11 elderly residents, three of whom he forced to drink bleach.

'Angel of death' guilty in nursing home killings
Nursing home security guard Joan Vila Dilme (above) claims he only wanted to help his victims. Photo: YouTube

Prosecutors are seeking a 194-year jail term after Joan Vila Dilme,  dubbed "the angel of death", was found guilty by a unanimous jury decision at a court hearing in the northeast town of Girona.

Sentencing will take place later.

The 45-year-old defendant, employed at the La Caritat home in Olot, in Spain's Catalonia region, was arrested in October 2010 after the death of an 85-year-old woman in a local hospital.

He later confessed to her murder, saying he had made her drink bleach, along with the killings of two other elderly people, which he said were carried out in order to "end their suffering".

Eight other murders, committed between August 2009 and October 2010, later came to light, with the victims given overdoses of insulin or various fatal pharmaceutical cocktails in a case which has stirred high emotions in the country.

The defence lawyer said his client suffered mental problems but the jury found no extenuating circumstances.

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Spain hotel worker detained for racism against Moroccan national team

Police in Spain have arrested an employee of a Madrid hotel for allegedly posting racist comments on social media against Morocco's national football team which is staying there.

Spain hotel worker detained for racism against Moroccan national team

The 27-year-old Spanish national was detained at the hotel at around midnight on Sunday and he faces possible hate crime charges, a spokeswoman for Madrid’s municipal police force said.

Officers were sent to the hotel following a complaint by the managers of the hotel about the racist comments posted online, she added without giving further details.

Spanish media published photos which the man alleged posted to his Instagram which showed several members of Morocco’s squad in the hotel dining room along with racist comments.

The hotel worker reportedly later deleted the posts from his Instagram account and apologised online before he was arrested.

Reports about the online posts sparked outrage in Morocco, which earlier this month joined Spain and Portugal in a bid to host the 2030 World Cup.

Morocco will face Peru in a friendly match on Tuesday at Atletico Madrid’s Metropolitano stadium.