Neighbours stunned as man accused

A 69-year-old woman was killed in a head-on crash near Yarraman on Sunday afternoon.
A 69-year-old woman was killed in a head-on crash near Yarraman on Sunday afternoon. Chris Ison

FROM carer to alleged killer - that was the portrait painted of Roger Kingsley Dean yesterday.

The 35-year-old registered nurse stands accused of murdering the people he was trusted to protect, the frail and vulnerable residents of the Quakers Hill Nursing Home.

Mr Dean had been working at the facility for only two months, having left his job at another nursing home nearby after a dispute with the management.

Residents were shocked to learn their neighbour was the man allegedly responsible for lighting the worst nursing home fire in Sydney for 30 years.

''I heard it was someone from the local area, that it was a nurse and then they said he was 35 years old and I thought, 'Oh no. I hope it's not my neighbour,''' said Peter Arnold, 43, who lives next door to Mr Dean. ''A lot of the information added up.'' Mr Arnold said Mr Dean had recently left another nursing home, after problems with his manager.

Read more at the Brisbane Times.

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