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Nursing home killer lands 127-year sentence

A judge on Friday handed a former security guard at a Spanish retirement home 127 years in prison for the murder of 11 elderly residents. He was also ordered to pay large fines to the families of his victims.

Nursing home killer lands 127-year sentence
Joan Vila Dilme said he murdered the old people to "end their suffering". Photo: YouTube

Joan Vila Dilme, dubbed "the angel of death", was found guilty on June 11th by a unanimous jury decision at a court hearing in the northeast Spanish town of Girona.

Prosecutors had originally wanted a 194-year jail term for the 45-year-old.

On Friday, however, the judge presiding over the case settled on a 127-year sentence for the killer.

He will serve a maximum of 40 years, Spain's La Vanguardia newspaper reported, also on Friday.

Vila Dilme will also have to pay fines of €369.000 ($490,000) to the families of his victims.

In his sentence, the Judge said it had been proven to Vial Dilme administered descaling acid, bleach and drugs to his victims.

The result had been "extraordinary suffering" and then death.

The court also said that Vila Dilme had acted in a premeditated fashion and "wanted to kill" his victims.

Reading out his statement, the judge also dismissed defence lawyer claims that the killer had been suffering from mental problems which "could have prevented him for understanding his actions".

Vila Dilme, a security guard at the La Caritat home in Olot, in Spain's Catalonia region, was arrested in October 2010 after the death of an 85-year-old woman in a local hospital.

He later confessed to her murder, saying he had made her drink bleach.

He also owned up to the murder of two other elderly people, which he said were carried out in order to "end their suffering".

Eight other murders, committed between August 2009 and October 2010, later came to light, with the victims given overdoses of insulin or various fatal pharmaceutical cocktails in a case which has stirred high emotions in the country.

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Spanish court approves extradition of UK murder suspect

A court in Spain has approved the extradition of one of Britain's most wanted fugitives, sought for his suspected role in the murder of a teenager in 2015.

Spanish court approves extradition of UK murder suspect

The decision will now go before the country’s cabinet for approval.

Spanish police arrested David Ungi in May in the town of Coin near the southern resort of Marbella on May 5th as he signed up at a gym at a shopping centre.

British police believe Ungi, 30, was involved in the fatal shooting in 2015 in Liverpool of 18-year-old Vinny Waddington.

Ungi, who left Britain less than 24 hours after Waddington was killed, is also wanted by the British authorities for alleged heroin trafficking.

Spanish police carried out the operation to arrest Ungi in cooperation with Britain’s National Crime Agency, which had put Ungi on its most-wanted list.

The Spanish coast has long been a popular bolthole for British criminals fleeing the law, because they can blend easily into the thriving expatriate communities.

There are about 290,000 British nationals officially registered as living in Spain, making them the fourth-largest foreign population in the country, according to national statistics institute INE.

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