A nurse admitted to murdering 11 innocent people. The nurse, 37-year-old Roger Dean, admitted on the day that his trial was to begin that he was not a helping angel but in fact the person who had started the two fires that killed 11 people and caused bodily harm to eight more, reported the Australia and New Zealand edition of The Times on May 27, 2013.
“An Australian nurse has become one of the country’s worst mass murderers after admitting starting a fire in a nursing home that killed 11 patients.”
The nurse admitted to having murdered 11 people and having caused bodily harm to eight more on the first day of his trial while family members of his victims were in tears.
“Dean, 37, dressed in a black suit and blue tie, entered pleas of guilty to 11 counts of murder and eight charges of recklessly causing grievous bodily harm in a soft and solemn tone.”
On Nov. 18, 2011, the same nurse was seen on the news talking to reporters about his role in rescuing trapped and hurt victims of the fire. He told reporters that he “quickly did what I could to get everyone out. The smoke was just overwhelming but, you know, we got a lot of people out, so that’s the main thing.”
In the early morning hours of Nov. 18, 2011, the registered nurse had set two fires to Sydney’s Quakers Hill Nursing Home which housed 88 senior residents. The blaze of the two fires quickly engulfed the nursing home .
According to a 2011 news report, “fire crews were sent to the scene in a Sydney suburb at around 5am and began evacuating the 88 residents from the home, which was filled with thick smoke. Police said initial investigations have shown that the fire started in two separate parts of the complex, igniting fears it was deliberately lit.”
Greg Mullins, the New South Wales fire commissioner said in 2011 that “this is a firefighter’s worst nightmare – turning up to a nursing home where there are elderly people who can’t get themselves out of harm’s way. … Crews had to literally crawl on their hands and knees into every room in the complex, reach up under the beds, searching cupboards, anywhere where someone may have crawled away. (They) could not see their hands in front of their faces.”
Only a few days after the fire, the Australian nurse was charged with having set the two fires.
On Monday, May 27, 2013, Roger Dean’s four-week trial for the murder of 11 innocent people was supposed to start with a jury of 12 people who had been selected to hear the case. The nurse had tried earlier in the month to have the trial heard only before a judge and not a jury but it was denied.
As the public gallery of the Darlinghurst courthouse in the New South Wales Supreme Court in Sydney was packed with the victims’ families and friends in tears and holding hands, the nurse admitted to having murdered 11 people.
There will be three days of evidence and submissions to determine what sentence “one of the country’s worst mass murderers” should receive.