Dutch dentist mutilator on the run in France

A dodgy Dutch dentist who was charged with violence and mutilation after allegedly butchering the mouths of scores of his unfortunate patients in France has gone on the run, it was reported this week. An international arrest warrant has been issued.

Dutch dentist mutilator on the run in France
A Dutch dentist (not the man pictured here) who allegedly "mutilated" scores of patients in France has gone on the run, it has been revealed. Photo: Shutterstock

Police in France have launched a man-hunt for Mark Van Nierop, a Dutch dentist, who last year was charged with voluntary violence causing mutilation or permanent disability”.

French newspaper Le Parisien reported this week that Van Nierop had not been seen since charges were lodged last year.

The news that he has fled will not go down well with the thousands of patients who were victims of Van Nierop’s apparent dodgy dental work.

(Mark Van Nierop has gone on the run, Le Parisien reported)

The dentist was heralded as the messiah when he set up in Chateau-Chinon in Burgundy in 2008, due to the lack of dentists in the region.

But six years later, the uttering of his name, would no doubt send shivers down the spines of many of his patients, some of whom suffered from recurring abscesses and septicaemia after visiting him in his clinic.

There were also allegations of badly placed implants that pierced patients jaws, healthy teeth pulled out, and broken utensils parts of which were left lodged in gums, Europe1 radio reported

Van Nierop’s only motivation appears to have been money, rather than the care of his patients, all of whom were advised to undergo blood tests for HIV and Hepatitis C.

“I have lost part of my jaw and I realised that he charged me for 19 treatments in just one session. It’s a monster of a financial scam,” one patient told Europe1.

After numerous complaints from patients who were left “maimed” police opened a probe into Van Nierop in May last year.

An international arrest warrant has been issued.

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French prosecutor seeks eight years for butcher dentist

A French prosecutor on Monday requested an eight-year prison sentence for a Dutchman dubbed "the dentist of horror" who is accused of causing severe injuries to the mouths of dozens of patients.

French prosecutor seeks eight years for butcher dentist

Jacobus van Nierop, 51, is on trial for ripping out healthy teeth and leaving patients with injuries including broken jaws, recurrent abscesses and septicaemia in the small central town of Chateau-Chinon.

In this case, “we see nothing but greed, indifference to others, even pleasure at causing pain,” said prosecutor Lucile Jaillon-Bru.

She told the trial in Nevers that Van Nierop had carried out “useless and painful procedures” on about 100 patients with the aim of having them reimbursed by medical insurance schemes.

Jaillon-Bru described him as “a man who doesn't take responsiblity for anything”.

Van Nierop, who called himself Mark, was hired by a head-hunter and was initially welcomed by locals into an area which was lacking in medical services.

Giving evidence in court, a neighbour recalled the arrival of a smiley, larger-than-life character, with a “big 4×4, a big dog, a big cigar”.

But by 2011, the authorities were starting to question some of his accounting practices, and patients were starting to compare notes on his dentistry.

The court heard nightmarish tales, including one from Sylviane Boulesteix, 65, who saw Van Nierop in March 2012 to have braces fitted.

“He gave me seven or eight injections, and pulled out eight teeth in one go. I was gushing blood for three days,” she said.

Around 120 former patients joined a victims' group set up in early 2013.    

The trial has heard conflicting expert opinion about Van Nierop's psychological state.

One psychiatrist found he had “narcissistic tendencies” and was therefore incapable of making a moral judgement of his own actions.

But another found he was “perfectly aware of what he was doing”.

Although he is not required to offer a plea under French law, Van Nierop has sought to deflect responsibility, saying he suffers from “psychological problems” including gender identity issues and suicidal tendencies.

Van Nierop himself said: “I was not in the right state to put myself in my patients' position.”

He was arrested in June 2013, but fled France while awaiting trial. He was later tracked down to a small town in Canada, arrested and extradited first to the Netherlands and then to France.