Care home worker jailed for killing elderly

2013-06-21 21:42


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Madrid - A security guard at a Spanish retirement home was sentenced to 127 years in prison on Friday for killing 11 elderly residents, three of whom he forced to drink bleach.

Joan Vila Dilme, dubbed "the angel of death", was found guilty of the crimes on 12 June by a unanimous jury decision at a court hearing in the northeastern town of Girona in Spain's northeastern Catalonia region.

The court on Friday sentenced Dilme to 127 years behind bars but specified that under Spanish law he can serve a maximum of 40 years in jail.

The 47-year-old defendant, employed at the La Caritat home in Olot in Catalonia, 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.

Prosecutors had asked for a 194-year jail term.

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

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