by Steven Ertelt
March 4, 2008
Newcastle, England (LifeNews.com) — A British nurse has been sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 30 years for killing four elderly patients and attempting to kill a fifth. Colin Norris gave five women overdoses of the diabetes drug insulin as they recovered from hip replacement surgeries because he was too lazy to provide them care.
According to the judge in the case, Norris was "evil" for killing the patients because he thought they were too old and their conditions too poor for him to provide appropriate medical care.
"You are, I have absolutely no doubt, a thoroughly evil and dangerous man," the judge said. "You are an arrogant and manipulative man with a real dislike of elderly patients."
An AFP report indicated the jury found him guilty on all charges, despite his not guilty pleas.
The sentence follows other convictions of nurses in Europe who have killed patients.
In December 2006, a Czech Republic nurse admitted to killing seven patients and attempting to murder ten more. Petr Zelenka claimed he wanted to "test" the knowledge of the patient’s doctors.
In November 2006, a German nurse, Stephan Letter, was found guilty of 12 counts of murder, 15 counts of manslaughter and one count of illegal mercy killing.
In July 2006, Lucia de Berk was sentenced to life in prison for killing seven patients by poisoning.