Germany: Caregiver receives 15 years in prison for killing in health center

A nursing assistant, suffering from mental problems, was sentenced on Wednesday to fifteen years in prison by the court of Potsdam (east of Germany ) for a massacre in a center for disabled .

Ines Andrea R. , 52 years, was convicted of murder with stabbing of four residents and of attempted murder on three others, according to the indictment of the Public Prosecutor’s Office who had spoken of an act of “immense cruelty”.

“I I’m really sorry ”

The accused will be interned in a psychiatric center, where she has already been since her arrest. This news item, which had shaken the country, occurred on 28 April. She stabbed to death two women and two men aged 31 to 56 years. She also attacked three other people, seriously injuring a 43 year-old woman.

The police then reported injuries caused by “the use of intense, extreme violence” on patients unable to defend themselves. The lawyer Henry Timm had called on the judge to recognize the irresponsibility of his client, who was at the time of the facts “in a tunnel” and did not have according to him the control over his actions. Without being able to explain what could have triggered her act, Ines Andrea R. expressed her remorse, saying that she found it hard to believe that she had committed it. “I’m really sorry,” she said.

Mental disorders

This mother of two sons, one of whom is severely disabled, said at the opening of her trial that she had always wanted to be a nurse but had suffered from many years of mental health problems. “I curled up at home. I felt great sadness and fear in the face of life, from the age of 5, ”she said, also speaking of a difficult relationship with her mother.

The Thusnelda-von-Saldern-Haus establishment, where the tragedy occurred, specializes in welcoming and supporting people with physical or mental disabilities, in particular the blind or autistic. Some 65 live in this structure which employs more than 80 people. The site, managed by a diaconal service provider specializing in the fields of health, education and employment in particular, includes housing, schools and workshops.