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‘Killer nurse’ tells court he’s sorry

A nurse who admitted to injecting patients with overdoses of heart medication to force resuscitation procedures has expressed his remorse over the deaths and harm to people in his care.

'Killer nurse' tells court he's sorry
The accused hiding his face from press photographers at his hearing. Photo: DPA

“I am truly sorry,” the 38-year-old accused told the state court in Oldenburg, adding that his crimes were “inexcusable”.

“There was excitement and a sense of expectation for what would happen,” he said when asked to explain his motivation for the crimes.

Successful revivals of patients whose hearts had stopped made him feel good, he added.

While patients' deaths were “devastating” and always left him intent on stopping his abuse of his position, he always returned to his deadly habit after the guilt “faded with time”.

He is standing trial for five cases, including three cases of murder and two attempted murders – although he has admitted to 90 separate attacks on patients, up to 30 of whom died.

Lead prosecutor Daniela Schiereck-Bohlmann said that he “treated the deaths of patients lightly,” making his guilt particularly grave.

If found guilty, the nurse may stand trial for further murders.

A special police squad is investigating more than 200 deaths during the man's service in Delmenhorst, Oldenburg and Wilhelmshaven – all towns in the Bremen area in Lower Saxony.

But he claims that he didn't harm any patients outside the Delmenhorst Clinic.

SEE ALSO: Nurse killed up to 30 patients, court hears

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CLIMATE CRISIS

German farmer sues Volkswagen over CO2 emissions

A German court on Friday began hearing a case against the Volkswagen group brought by a farmer who claims the pollution caused by the automotive giant is infringing on his rights.

German farmer sues Volkswagen over CO2 emissions

Ulf Allhoff-Cramer, an organic farmer from the Rhineland town of Detmold, backed by the Greenpeace campaign group, says Volkswagen’s emissions are significantly contributing to climate change and therefore damaging his business.

He claims this is interfering with his fundamental rights to property, health and freedom.

“A corporation with such gigantic CO2 emissions as VW is partly responsible for the damage caused by the climate crisis,” Roda Verheyen, Allholf-Cramer’s lawyer, was cited as saying by Greenpeace ahead of the proceedings.

If the group does not reduce its emissions much faster than currently planned, it will be harming others and therefore behaving “unlawfully”, she said.

However, a spokesman for the court in Detmold on Friday said it had expressed clear doubts about the success of the lawsuit.

The case was adjourned until September to allow time for the farmer to submit additional written evidence and to allow Volkswagen time to comment.

READ ALSO: How climate change is threatening Germany’s forests 

The automotive group has previously rejected his allegations as “unfounded”.

He is trying to claim “individual liability for general consequences of climate change” and that “in our view cannot succeed”, the carmaker said.

Allhoff-Cramer and Greenpeace want to force VW to reduce the proportion of cars it makes with combustion engines to 25 percent by 2029, and to end production of combustion engine vehicles completely by 2030.

They also want VW to reduce its CO2 emissions by 65 percent compared to 2018.

The plaintiffs accuse VW of having known about the dangers of global warming for decades.

READ ALSO: Germany chooses Greenpeace chief as first climate envoy

They say research has shown the board was warned at a meeting in 1983 of the consequences of increasing carbon dioxide emissions and the threat of climate change.

The Volkswagen group – whose 12 brands include Audi, Porsche and Skoda – is pumping 35 billion euros into the shift to electric vehicles and aims to become the world’s largest electric carmaker by 2025.

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