‘Butcher Dentist’ Jailed By French Court
A Dutch dentist has been jailed in France for eight years for causing horrific injuries to his patients.
Jacobus van Nierop, 51, was also banned from practising as a dentist and fined €10,500 (£8,146.63) for ripping out healthy teeth and leaving patients with injuries including broken jaws, recurrent abscesses and septicaemia.
Prosecutor Lucile Jaillon-Bru told the court in the central town of Nevers that Van Nierop – who called himself Mark – “took pleasure at causing pain” to his patients.
The court heard how the dentist had carried out “useless and painful procedures” on about 100 patients with the sole aim of getting money from medical insurance schemes.
The dentist practised in the small central town of Chateau-Chinon after being recruited by a head-hunter to an area that lacked medical services.
The court was told that locals initially welcomed the cheerful, larger-than-life character with his “big 4×4, a big dog, a big cigar” but, by 2011, patients were beginning to tell terrible stories about his practice while the authorities were looking into his accounting methods.
Sylviane Boulesteix, 65, went to have braces fitted in 2012.
She said: “He gave me seven or eight injections, and pulled out eight teeth in one go. I was gushing blood for three days.”
Some 120 former patients set up a victims’ group in early 2013 and the dentist was arrested shortly after.
He fled France while awaiting trial and was later found in a small town in Canada.
He was extradited first to the Netherlands and then to France.
Van Nierop who, under French law, did not have to enter a plea, tried to explain away his behaviour by saying he suffered from “psychological problems” including gender identity issues and suicidal tendencies.
One psychiatrist said he had “narcissistic tendencies” and was therefore not capable of making a moral judgment over his actions.
Another disagreed, saying the dentist was “perfectly aware of what he was doing”.
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