Nurse pleads guilty to murdering 11 people in Sydney nursing home fire

Monday 27 May 2013 17.49
11 people perished in the fire at the nursing home in Sydney in 2011
11 people perished in the fire at the nursing home in Sydney in 2011

A nurse has pleaded guilty to murdering 11 elderly people by setting fire to the Sydney nursing home where he worked.

Roger Dean also pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to another eight nursing home residents injured by the blaze in 2011.

The 37-year-old registered nurse was on duty when he set fire to the nursing home.

He later appeared on television describing his efforts to rescue trapped people at the nursing home in the suburb of Quakers Hill.

Mr Dean made his pleas in New South Wales state Supreme Court earlier today.

His sentencing hearing starts on Thursday and he potentially faces life imprisonment.

Police had questioned him at the home hours before the blaze over theft allegations.

He has already pleaded guilty to stealing prescription drugs from the home.