BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Russian Polish Albanian Greek Czech Ukrainian Serbian Turkish Romanian
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: Europe  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
LANGUAGES
EDITIONS
Monday, 2 December, 2002, 14:25 GMT
'Black Angel' nurse jailed over killings
Gyula Nyiro Hospital, Budapest
The killings took place in this Budapest hospital
A court in Hungary has sentenced a nurse dubbed the "Black Angel" to nine years in prison after she pleaded guilty to killing patients by lethal injection in a Budapest hospital.

During her trial, she had admitted carrying out some of the killings, but said she had only wanted to end her patients' suffering.


The Black Angel often imagined herself in the place of the doctor or the patient, and decided instead of them

Court judge
The court in Budapest rejected the prosecution's request that the nurse, Timea Faludi, be convicted of murder and instead found her guilty of the lesser charge of attempted murder.

The 25-year-old nurse, who was arrested in February last year, became known as the "Black Angel" among her colleagues because of her long black hair and her habit of dressing in black.

Colleagues became suspicious when patient deaths coincided with her shifts, and turned to police.

Police had no material evidence against the nurse as all her alleged victims had since been cremated.

The court said no causal link could be ascertained between the administration of the medication and death in these cases.

'Tacitly acknowledged'

However, during the investigation Faludi confessed to giving lethal injections to some 40 elderly patients at the Gyula Nyiro hospital between May 2000 and February 2001.

She later retracted this confession, and police were only able to find eight cases in which she was strongly suspected of having helped them die.

Her lawyer had told the court that she had lied about the killings to make herself seem more interesting.

Euthanasia is illegal in Hungary.

The revelations about Faludi's activities sparked a review of procedures in hospitals across the country when they were made.

Although nurses at the Budapest hospital were banned from giving intravenous injections, this happened and was tacitly accepted, said Faludi in her testimony.

The court banned her from working as a nurse again.

See also:

16 May 02 | Europe
01 Apr 02 | Europe
28 Mar 98 | Americas
Links to more Europe stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Europe stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes