French Court to Decide Fate of Alleged ‘Dentist of Horror'

A French court will rule Tuesday in the case of a Dutch dentist accused of painfully mutilating the mouths of dozens of patients in the central French prefecture of Nevers, NBC News reported.

Prosecutors are seeking an eight-year prison term for Jacobus Marinus "Mark" van Nierop, 51, who's been dubbed the "dentist of horror" after about 120 of his former patients banded together to seek his prosecution.

After fleeing to Canada, authorities there extradited him to his native Netherlands where he was then turned over to French authorities.

Sylviane Boulesteix, 65, who saw van Nierop in March 2012 to have braces fitted, testified that van Nierop "gave me seven or eight injections and pulled out eight teeth in one go," AFP reported. "I was gushing blood for three days."

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