After the conviction of a 57-year-old German man who poisoned several of his work colleagues, German researchers are going to examine the premature death of another 21 employees of the company. That has been communicated by the German public prosecutor.
Klaus O. was sentenced to life inprisonment by the court in Bielefeld on Thursday for poisoning colleagues at a company in Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock, in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. He sprinkled poison on their sandwiches and in their drinks. Two colleagues suffered serious damage to the kidneys. Another colleague suffered brain damage and has been in a vegetative state ever since.
However, the fact that a life sentence was imposed for the infliction of serious bodily injuries does not mean that the case is closed, said investigating judge Veit Walter.
The further investigation relates to 21 employees who died before they reached retirement age. An unusually high number of colleagues of the suspect died of cancer or a heart attack in the past years.
“We continue the research. This is just a snapshot “, explained Mr Walter.
Proof of new crimes and additional convictions can still have an influence on the way Klaus O. is treated when serving his sentence.
Prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment can apply for conditional release in Germany after fifteen years. The court had already imposed strict restrictions on a possible release of the man.
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