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High court upholds life prison term for ex-nurse who killed 3 elderly patients at Yokohama hospital

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The Tokyo High Court has upheld a ruling a lower court that sentenced a 37-year-old former nurse at a Yokohama hospital to an indefinite life term in prison for killing three terminally ill patients by injecting a disinfectant into their intravenous drip bag.

The court upheld the ruling against Ayumi Kuboki, who was found guilty of killing Nobuo Yamaki and Sozo Nishikawa, both 88, who were in the same terminal-care ward at Oguchi Hospital, as well as Asae Okitsu, 78, Kyodo News reported Thursday.

Kuboki worked at the hospital, which has since been renamed Yokohama Hajime Hospital, from mid-2015 until early 2017. Between July and Sept 20, 2016, 48 patients died at the hospital, including five patients on a single day in late August and four on one day in early September, but Kuboki only admitted to killing three patients.

After her arrest, Kuboki said she injected the disinfectant into their drips so they would die when she was off duty. She told police that if the patients died while she was not at work, she wouldn’t have to go through the ordeal of discussing their deaths with bereaved family members.

Kuboki was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation for three months after her arrest and although she showed signs of autistic spectrum disorder, she was judged mentally fit to stand trial and responsible for her actions.

Kuboki’s defense argued that she was not fully competent to be held criminally responsible for her actions because of her autism.

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The Tokyo High Court has upheld a ruling a lower court that sentenced a 37-year-old former nurse at a Yokohama hospital to an indefinite life term in prison for killing three terminally ill patients by injecting a disinfectant into their intravenous drip bag.

Appeal? How she can get away with that, there's no way.

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What did that lady expect? On the contrary, she got life instead of the death penalty. Did she think she was going to be able to be released?

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Admitted murderer of 3, strongly suspected in 48 cases, seems pretty lenient of them not to put her on death row. Not to mention it's taken 7 years just to get to this point. We had a grandmother in a neighbouring hospital right at the same time in Yokohama, and it was pure chance that she wasn't sent to this one.

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What a reason for killing someone. It's appalling. Just to get out of some work. But a life in prison is better than a quick death. Stuck in there with prison food and some inmates that just might bully her. And she will have to remember what she did for years. Good on the High Court.

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