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Call for inquiry into killer nurse

5 March, 2008  

The son of one of four pensioners who was murdered at a Leeds hospital by nurse Colin Norris has called for an inquiry to be launched into how he was able to kill.

Stuart Hall was speaking after Norris, 32, of Egilsay Terrace, Glasgow, was jailed for life with a minimum tariff of 30 years for murdering four elderly people and attempting to murder another while he worked at the Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) and the city’s St James’s Hospital in 2002.

Mr Hall, 53, the son of victim Ethel Hall, from Calverley, said he welcomed the sentence and was “grateful” to the jury.

He said: “We hope Colin Norris never leaves prison and is never in a situation where he can harm anyone else again.
“We are hoping to have discussions with the trust and would like to see an independent inquiry into how this could have happened.

“We are relieved this case is over and my mother can finally rest in peace.
“I do not understand why Colin Norris pretended to be a caring nurse when he was really a cold-blooded killer who preyed on the vulnerable and those he should have been caring for.

“They were looking for his help in recovering from their simple hip operations. They did not deserve to die at his hands.”

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