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Canadian nurse sentenced to life imprisonment for murders

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A Canadian nurse who killed eight elderly nursing home residents in Ontario, Canada, by injecting them with insulin has been sentenced to life in prison.

Earlier this month Elizabeth Wettlaufer pleaded guilty to murdering the residents.

The 49-year-old nurse told a court yesterday that she was “extremely sorry” for her actions before she was sentenced to eight concurrent life terms, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported. She will have no parole eligibility for 25 years.

“[It is alleged that Ms Wettlaufer] engaged in disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct when she administered overdoses of insulin”

College of Nurses of Ontario

At the sentencing yesterday, Superior Court Justice Bruce Thomas said that Ms Wettlaufer was a predator who was a “shadow of death” that passed over the elderly victims she was supposed to care for and protect, according to the CBC report.

The residents, aged between 75 and 96 years old, were murdered between 2007 and 2014.

The incidents are thought to have taken place at three Ontario long-term care facilities where Wettlaufer worked as a nurse, and at a private home where she was an employee.

Earlier this month Wettlaufer also pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

She will also serve 10 years for each attempted murder, and seven years for each aggravated assault, CBC reported.

Last week, regulatory body the College of Nurses of Ontario confirmed it would hold a disciplinary hearing relating to the case of Ms Wettlaufer next month, on 25 July.

The allegations against her are that she “committed professional misconduct between June 2007 and August 2016”.

She is accused of verbal, physical or emotional abuse of 14 clients and of engaging in “disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct when she administered overdoses of insulin to the clients with the intent to harm and/or cause their death”.

The CNO said it began investigating Ms Wettlaufer on 30 September 30, 2016 — which was the point at which the nurse resigned her resignation and first informed the body of her actions.

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