French court sentences Dutch ‘dentist of horror’ to eight years in jail
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A French court on Tuesday sentenced a Dutch dentist to eight years in jail for deliberately mangling his patients’ mouths in a case which saw him dubbed “the dentist of horror”.
Jacobus van Nierop, 51, went on trial in March for ripping out healthy teeth and leaving dozens of patients with injuries including broken jaws, recurrent abscesses and septicaemia in the small central town of Chateau-Chinon.
He was found guilty of the charge of “mutilation” as well as premeditation violence and fraud over claims that he tried to rip off patients and insurance companies.
The court in the central town of Nevers also banned him from practising as a dentist and fined him 10,500 euros ($11,900).
During the trial, prosecutor Lucile Jaillon-Bru said Van Nierop had carried out “useless and painful procedures” on about 100 patients with the aim of having them reimbursed by medical insurance schemes.
She said he took “pleasure at causing pain” to his patients.
Van Nierop, who called himself Mark, was hired by a head-hunter and was initially welcomed by locals into an area which was lacking in medical services.
Giving evidence in court, a neighbour recalled the arrival of a smiley, larger-than-life character, with a “big 4x4, a big dog, a big cigar”.
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