28 May 19

DOROTHY Sterling, 80, and Dorothy Wu, 85, were probably the first to die.
Nanjing Night Net

Their nurse, Roger Dean, set fire to an empty bed in their Quakers Hill nursing home room and then left them to perish, knowing they were incapable of moving unaided.

Then he destroyed evidence that he had stolen prescription drugs from the home and told a chaplain: “Things like this make me lose my faith in God”.

On the first day of his Supreme Court trial yesterday, Dean, 37, pleaded guilty to the murders of 11 elderly residents who died as a result of the fires he lit at the home on November 18, 2011.

He also admitted to causing grievous bodily harm to a further eight residents who were injured in the blaze, described by paramedics and firefighters as one of the worst scenes they had ever come across.

According to Crown documents, the registered nurse had stolen more than 200 pills from the nursing home the night before and police officers were called to the home during his November 18 night shift to investigate the theft.

Dean had only been working at the home two months, but a nurse’s assistant had already made several complaints about his care standards, although no action was taken.

Around 4.50am, Dean set an empty bed on fire in one wing, before moving to the room where Ms Wu and Ms Sterling were sleeping.

He convinced a firefighter to let him back into the building, saying he needed to get the drug books. He took these home and destroyed them.

He was arrested and charged later that evening, telling police it was Satan telling him to do it.

Victims’ families wept as he pleaded guilty to the 11 counts of murder. AAP

82-year-old Caesar Galea. victim of the Quakers Hill Nursing Home fire.

Doris Becke, 96, victim of the Quakers Hill Nursing Home fire.

Verna Webeck, victim of the Quakers Hill Nursing Home fire.

Neeltje Valkay, 90, victim of the Quakers Hill Nursing Home fire.

Dorothy Sterling, victim of the Quakers Hill Nursing Home fire.

Alma Smith, victim of the Quakers Hill Nursing Home fire.

Reginald Green, victim of the Quakers Hill Nursing Home fire.

Lola Bennett, victim of the Quakers Hill Nursing Home fire.

Urbana Alipio who died aged 79, victim of the Quakers Hill Nursing Home fire.

Dorothy Wu, victim of the Quakers Hill Nursing Home fire.


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