Friday, May 31, 2013

The Case of the Angel of Death

Duncan Campbell, Fresh evidence challenges 'Angel of Death' nurse Colin Norris's conviction, Guardian (May 20, 2013):

"Fresh medical and scientific evidence is being published this week that campaigners hope will lead to the release of Colin Norris, the former nurse and so-called 'Angel of Death' serving life for the murder or attempted murder of five elderly women.

"The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) has confirmed it is undertaking an active re-examination of the case.

"Norris, 37, originally from Glasgow, was convicted at Newcastle crown court in 2008 following a 19-week trial. It was alleged that he disliked elderly patients and had deliberately injected the women with insulin. The case had echoes of the late Dr Harold Shipman, who was convicted of murdering 15 of his patients but believed to have killed many more.

"However, a new study challenges much of the evidence on which Norris was convicted. Campaigners are hopeful that fresh evidence will lead to an appeal in which it can be shown that the women could have died of natural causes."
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