A sentencing hearing has begun for a former Ontario nurse who murdered eight seniors in her care.
A spokeswoman for Ontario's Ministry of the Attorney-General said in an email Wettlaufer had been handed eight life sentences along with two assault and four attempted murder sentences of seven and 10 years each, respectively.
Fifty-year-old Wettlaufer pleaded guilty to using a lethal injection of insulin to kill the patients between 2007 and 2014 at three Ontario long-term care homes and one private facility. "She was the shadow of death that passed over them on the night shift where she supervised".
Wettlaufer, 49, is being sentenced today in a Woodstock court.
"More typically, I think is there's neglect and negligence and they're not being noticed by the system for exactly the same reasons as those that didn't get noticed in Wettlaufer's case", Meadus said.
"And Beth, you have added insult to injury by recalling in your confession that I hugged you and thanked you after my aunt's murder- so not only did I introduce my aunt to her killer by deciding to place (her) at Caressant Care, I also apparently thanked her for her actions".
Wettlaufer stopped nursing, the court heard, after she was transferred to a new job where she would be working with diabetic children, claiming she did not trust herself in the situation.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corp reported Wettlaufer had apologised in court to the victims' families on Monday, although her motive remained unclear.
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Both the Crown and Wettlaufer's defence lawyer have suggested that she serve her sentences concurrently.
She disclosed her crimes to a psychiatrist and then to the police.
"I am truly sorry for the people I injured or murdered", she said in a soft voice.
The judge was quick to note that Wettlaufer may never be granted parole due to the nature of her crimes.
The victim's granddaughter, Jane Silcox, said the case has driven a wedge between family members.
Wettlaufer turned herself in past year for crimes no one else had known were committed. "Sorry is too small a word".
"Psychologically I feel a great deal of pain and guilt", he told the court.
"It is really hard to describe, but I knew I was dying", she wrote in her statement.
Shortly after Wettlaufer's sentencing hearing, the province announced it would hold a public inquiry into the murders to ensure a similar tragedy does not happen again.