12 Oct 2012

Nurse to stand trial for murder

6:04 am on 12 October 2012

A New South Wales nurse will go on trial for the murder of 10 nursing home residents, after prosecutors rejected his pleas of guilty to manslaughter.

Roger Dean, 38, faces 10 charges of murder over a deliberately lit fire at a nursing home in Sydney last November.

The ABC reports he attempted to offer pleas of manslaughter when he appeared by video link in court on Thursday morning.

The Crown rejected the offer and the nurse was committed to stand trial in the Supreme Court.

However, two pleas of guilty to larceny, which relating to theft and possession of painkillers including morphine, were accepted.