Dentist accused of mutilating patients goes on trial in France

PARIS - A Dutchman dubbed the "horror dentist" by French media has gone on trial facing charges of intentional violence and fraud.

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Dentist Jacobus Van Nierop faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of 375,000 euros ($413,000). More than 50 victims are seeking damages.

Scores of people came forward with complaints ranging from multiple healthy teeth removed, pieces of tools left in teeth, abscesses, recurrent infections and misshapen mouths between 2009 and 2013.

His trial in the central-eastern town of Nevers is expected to last until March 18, with a ruling expected later.



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