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Canadian nurse charged with murder of eight retirement home patients

The police had launched an investigation against Elizabeth Wettlaufer in September 1995 after receiving a tip-off. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Ottawa, ON, Canada Oct 25, 2016, 09.44 PM (IST)

A former Canadian nurse has been arrested and charged with murdering eight elderly patients at two retirement homes in Canada's Ontario province, police said on Tuesday. 

The nurse administered drugs to the victims, five women and three men in the towns of Woodstock and London, between 2007 and 2014. It is a highly unusual case as such cases are almost unheard of in the country. 

Woodstock Police Chief William Renton told a televised news conference that the accused, Elizabeth Wettlaufer faces eight counts of first-degree murder and continues to remain in custody. 

"We're not in a position at this time to comment further on the specifics of the drug as it forms part of the evidence that is now before the courts. All I can offer there is there are obviously a number of drugs that are stored and available in long-term care facilities," the police said. 

Records from the College of Nurses show Wettlaufer registered as a nurse in 1995 but resigned on September 30, one day after police launched their investigation after receiving a tip.

Police said the male and female victims were all aged between 75 to 96. Renton declined to give further details and said he could not speculate on the motive. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)

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