Nurse faces 8 murder charges from fire

2011-11-24 07:26

The nurse accused of starting a deadly fire at a Sydney nursing home now faces eight counts of murder.

The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reports that prosecutors today added four more murder counts against Roger Dean, who worked at the Quakers Hill Nursing Home.

Four elderly residents of the home died the day of the November 18 blaze, and five more have died in local hospitals since.

Police are still trying to determine what caused the death of one of the elderly residents.

The Herald said Dean elected to stay in his cell today rather than make a brief court appearance.

The paper says Dean again opted not to apply for bail and will stay incarcerated until the next court hearing, which is scheduled for February.

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