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In Germany, a plant worker was sentenced to life. He poisoned his colleagues for years with heavy metals.

Presumably, the German did it for the sake of “scientific interest.”

Klaus Oh, who was found guilty of poisoning colleagues, hides his face from journalists. Photo by AP
Klaus Oh, who was found guilty of poisoning colleagues, hides his face from journalists. Photo by AP

March 8 in Germany sentenced to life the employee of the manufacturer of pipe fittings ARI-Armaturen. From 2015 to 2018, he systematically poisoned his colleagues with heavy metals, treating workers’ food. At trial, the man’s psychiatrist explained that he probably did this out of “scientific interest.”

The malefactor sprayed food of colleagues with lead, cadmium and mercury

In 2017, the 23-year-old trainee of the German company ARI-Armaturen, operating in Schlos-Holte-Stukenbrock, suddenly fell into a coma . Doctors discovered a high dose of mercury in his body, but the investigators did not understand how this happened. Another worker visited the doctor five times on the same shift with strange symptoms, after which he was diagnosed with serious kidney damage. Doctors also did not know what the reason.

Answer to this question was possible thanks to the employee Klaus Radke. After the hospitalization of colleagues, he once paid attention to the brownish substance on his ham and cheese sandwiches, which he brought from home. After it happened several times, he went to the police. This convinced the company to install security cameras in the break room — 18 months after the trainee fell into a coma.

On May 16, 2018, investigators detained a 57-year-old employee of the company, who, because of German privacy laws, was known only as Klaus O. As the police found out, the attacker most likely prepared a mixture of lead, cadmium and mercury in a home laboratory.

The German was assigned the most severe punishment for fear of relapse

At the trial, Radka, through whom the police found out the truth, explained that the factory maintained a good atmosphere between colleagues. “No one thought a colleague could do something like that. [Here] everyone trusts one another, ” said theman. The company manager described the defendant as an inconspicuous and unsociable person.

One of the masters who fell victim to the attacker, worked with him for 30 years. According to him, Klaus rarely spoke and had no friends, but there was never any disagreement between them. According to the NRP, the workers refused to believe in the version of the poisoning until the police discovered the stocks of dangerous substances in Klaus.

The territory of ARI-Armaturen in Schlos Holte-Stukenbrock Photo by ARI-Armaturen
The territory of ARI-Armaturen in Schlos Holte-Stukenbrock Photo by ARI-Armaturen

During the trial, Klaus did not let himself take pictures and carefully covered his face. He did not say a word, except that he once presented himself to the judge. His psychiatrist testified about the condition of the defendant, explaining that his motive was probably interest in monitoring the effects of poisons on his victims. The examination confirmed the responsibility of the German and noted that he was able to repeat the experiments, if given the opportunity.

Two victims of the Germans, aged 27 and 67, suffer from serious kidney problems, the prospects for their complete recovery are foggy. How to write media, the third victim, 23-year-old intern, is unlikely to come out of the coma due to severe brain damage.

According to local laws, people sentenced to life imprisonment can apply for parole after 15 years. However, the sentence in the case of Klaus included “preventive detention” – this means that the man is likely to remain in prison for a much longer period. In Germany, the courts rarely resort to such methods – lawyers believe that if the sentence is left unchanged after appeal, it will be one of the toughest in the country’s history.

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