A 26-year-old man in Germany died on Thursday January 9th after he fell into a coma four years ago after a colleague poisoned his sandwiches at work.
The victim had been poisoned by a co-worker, who was trialled and sentenced to life in prison last year after the court found him guilty of attempted murder.
The 57-year-old man was identified only as Klaus O for privacy reasons in press releases and peppered colleagues’ food with mercury and other substances over several years.
The state court in Bielefeld, which convicted Klaus O, confirmed the death on Thursday, according to a German news agency. The victim’s parents had spoken about their son’s suffering during a trial last year.
Two other co-workers were also left with serious kidney damage. The accused party has appealed to the Federal Court of Justice.
Klaus O was arrested in May 2018 after surveillance footage showed him putting powder in a colleague’s sandwich at their workplace in the town of Schloß Holte-Stukenbrock, the Guardian reported.
A year later, in March 2019, the Bielefeld Regional Court sentenced him to life imprisonment for attempted murder. The verdict, however, is not yet legally binding, according to German magazine Focus.