Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Spain's 'angel of death' found guilty in 11 nursing home killings

Joan Vila Dilme, a security guard at a Spanish retirement home, has been found guilty of the killing of eleven elderly residents, which, according to him, was to "end their suffering." Prosecutors are looking at a 194-year sentence for his crimes.

 
Dilme, 45, worked at the La Caritat home in Olot in the Catalunya region of Spain. He 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 that he forced her to drink bleach, and also confessed to the killings of two other elderly people.
 
However, these were not isolated incidents, as he was found to have killed a total of eleven elderly residents of the home.
 
According to Skynews he forced three of the elderly residents to drink bleach, but with the eight other murders, which occurred between August 2009 and October 2010, Dilme gave the victims overdoses of insulin or other fatal pharmaceutical cocktails to "end their suffering."
 
Dubbed "the angel of death," Dilme was found guilty by a unanimous jury decision at a court hearing in Girona, Spain.
 
According to Dilme's defense lawyer, his client suffered mental problems. However, the jury found no extenuating circumstances. The case has stirred high emotions in the country and prosecutors are seeking a 194-year jail term. 
 
Sentencing will take place later.

To the source: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/352081