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Friday, August 2, 2013

Roger Dean, age-care nurse gets life

Roger Dean, is an age-care nurse who set fire to his place of employment - a nursing home in Sydney - that killed 11 residents in 2011.  Yesterday he was sentenced to life in prison without parole. He pleaded guilty to 11 counts of murder and 8 of recklessly causing grievous bodily harm.

Dean was addicted to pain killers and stole over 200 prescription pills. As night manager, he had the authority and the key to enter the room where the drugs were kept, so he was able to help himself. But when the theft was discovered, he panicked and hatched a plan he thought would eliminate any evidence of his guilt - he would burn the nursing home down.

He lit two fires, one in a room where two helpless, elderly women were sleeping, knowing they were bed-ridden and would be burnt alive.

We saw him on the news that night, playing the distraught nurse, helping firemen and police move elderly patients to the ambulances. Three residents died at the scene while eight others suffered for days in hospital before dying from smoke inhalation.

Dean had the audacity to tell police that he "loved" his patients.  He was "corrupted with evil thoughts" and Satan told him to do it, he said, but the judge wasn't buying it and sentenced him to life without parole.

Watch the video of his confession