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Life Sentence for Serial Killer Nurse

A practical nurse from Helsinki was handed a life sentence by the Helsinki District Court on Wednesday in the largest murder trial in Finnish legal history. The court found her guilty of five murders and five attempted murders.

Aino Nykopp ja asianajaja Heikki Lampela
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Between 2004 and 2009, Aino Nykopp medically poisoned elderly people in her care as well as one of her coworkers while working as a nurse.

The District Court published the conclusions of Nykopp’s psychiatric examination at the end of November. Psychiatrists found that she had carried out her actions fully understanding their consequences, though suffering from a sociopathic personality disorder. As such, she is criminally responsible for her actions, which had no apparent motive.

Nykopp has categorically denied all charges brought against her by the prosecution. She has been remanded in prison for the past 18 months, where she recently married a man 20 years her junior. Nykopp says she plans to appeal the court's ruling.

Sources: YLE

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