Police investigating care home murders request DNA of all staff

Staff at a nursing home in West Flanders have been asked to volunteer their DNA to police investigating three murders and six attempted murders of residents, Het Laatste Nieuws reports on Saturday.

The murders all occurred in 2020, with attempts continuing until the summer of 2021. All the victims experienced hypoglycaemia, a sudden drop in blood sugar levels due to an insulin overdose. None of them were diabetic, so had not been prescribed insulin.

Investigators also found that the insulin had not come from the care home’s pharmacy but had been brought in from outside.

The DNA provided by staff will be compared with genetic material from a man and a woman found on insulin pens seized during the investigation at the Rozenberg care home. 

Reporting by Het Laatste Nieuws and VTM Nieuws in 2022 revealed that the Kortrijk court had been investigating the crimes. Staff and management were questioned by judicial police but forbidden from talking about it to protect the investigation. The agency responsible for residential care centres in Flanders was not informed.

The home was placed under increased surveillance and an admission freeze was implemented, which has since been lifted. 



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