Danish high court overturns nurse’s life sentence

Christina Hansen will instead serve 12 years for attempted murder

The Eastern High Court has overturned a city court’s life sentence ruling in the case of the Danish nurse found guilty of killing three elderly patients and trying to kill another using deadly dosages of morphine.

Instead Christina Hansen’s sentence has been reduced to 12 years in prison for four counts of attempted murder by the Eastern High Court, which ruled that it couldn’t be proven that Hansen actually caused the deaths of the patients.

Hansen was also convicted of stealing medicine from Nykøbing Falster Hospital, where she worked, and for giving her seven-year-old daughter sleeping medication.

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Held since 2015
A total of 16 jury members voted for a punishment of 12 years, while two wanted 10 years in a ruling that prevents her from practising nursing for the foreseeable future.

The case started in 2015 when the woman was arrested following a night shift at the hospital.

Hansen, 32, has remained steadfast in her innocence throughout the case, which has seen her be held in remand for over two years since March 2015.