Former Nurse Pleads Guilty to Sydney Nursing Home Arson

Created: 2013-05-27 11:55 EST

Category: World > Asia Pacific

The dazed survivors of a Sydney nursing home recovering after a fire destroyed the building in November 2011.

Eleven people died in the fire at Quakers Hill Nursing Home, which had over 80 residents inside at the time.

On Monday, Roger Dean, a former nurse at the home, seen here talking to media immediately after the fire, pled guilty to 11 counts of murder.

He has admitted to deliberately starting two fires.

There were mixed emotions for the relatives of some of the victims at New South Wales Supreme Court for the trial.

[Elly Valkay, Daughter of Victim]:
"Joy in my heart to see that my mother would say 'yes, justice is going to be done'."

Gary Barnier, who heads the company which owns the home, also welcomed the news.

[Gary Barnier, Managing Director, Domain Principal Group]:
"The people who died that day and subsequently and were injured, I just feel so terribly sorry but at least today justice has been done."

Dean, who originally pled guilty to manslaughter, is expected to be sentenced at a later date.