German Man Gets Life Sentence After Poisoning Colleagues’ Lunches for Several Years
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A man in Germany has received a life sentence in prison after being found guilty of poisoning his co-workers’ lunches in a span of years.
Named only as Klaus O, the 57-year-old man was seen on security footage putting a suspicious substance on a colleague’s lunch at a business in western Germany. The incident was only discovered after the colleague found a white powder on his lunch in 2018. Klaus O was arrested in May last year.
During the incident, Bielefeld police identified the substance as acetate “in amounts that would have been sufficient to cause serious organ damage.”
A further search was conducted on the suspects home and police were able to seize more dangerous substances, such as mercury, lead, and cadmium.
The court ruled a life sentence for the suspect on Thursday, declaring Klaus O guilty of attempted murder. He will also become ineligible to lessen his sentence after the court found out he was a “danger to the general public”, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.
During the trial, BBC reported that the suspect remained silent all throughout, leaving authorities empty handed regarding the motive.
Due to the nature of the case, the police are also looking into the deaths of 21 employees in more than two decades. The employees also worked at the same office as Klaus O. So far, the suspect is linked to with at least three poisonings.
According to authorities, the suspect was already placing chemicals, such as mercury and lead acetate, on colleague’s lunches between 2015 and 2018. Two victims, aged 27 and 67, suffered chronic kidney damage and a high risk of cancer as long as they live due to the poisonings of with lead and cadmium. On the other hand, a 23-year-old now has permanent brain damage after falling into a coma due to ingesting mercury.