Monday, 3 March 2008

Nurse accused of murdering four elderly patients

A Scottish nurse has been accused of murdering four elderly patients by giving them massive doses of insulin which left them with irreversible brain damage

The prosecution told Newcastle Crown Court that Colin Norris was caught after he killed his fourth victim an 86-year-old woman.

The prosecution at the trial in Newcastle has today been outlining the case against Norris and portrayed him as a serial killer who thought he was getting away with murder until tests on the blood of one of his victims revealed what he was doing.

His alleged victim was an 86-year-old woman called Ethel Hall. She was being treated by Leeds General Infirmary Colin Norris at Leeds General Infirmary after suffering a broken hip. She was apparently a difficult patient and could be confused.

On the night of November 19 other staff thought she was in a comfortable condition, but Colin Norris said he thought she was going to die that night. He said that often when he worked nights people died and even predicted when it would happen, saying it would happen at 5.15am.

At 5am Mrs Hall went into an irreversible coma and died three weeks later. When she died he reminded staff of his prediction, pointed at his watch and said: "I told you so", according to the Newcastle Crown Court prosecution.

Mrs Hall's blood was tested by experts who found that it contained very high levels of insulin and the prosecution case is that Colin Norris injected Mrs Hall with insulin as she lay in her bed, that led to her death.

He is also accused of kiling three others as well. They were all elderly women as well, all suffering from broken hips, being treated by Colin Norris.

The prosecution says that he injected them with insulin or an anti-diabetic drug leading them to suffer irreversible comas and die as well. Newcastle Crown Court

The prosecution case is that when their deaths were attributed to natural causes Norris felt that he could kill with impunity.

The prosecution said thet there was a distinct possibliity that he felt they were reaching the end of their lives and that decided he could help them on their way or that he just thought they were a nuisance.

The trial continues.