08/21/2013 10:55 EDT | Updated 10/21/2013 05:12 EDT

Canadian war hero charged with murder to appear in court

A 95-year-old veteran suffering from dementia will appear in court today after being charged with killing his roommate at a residential care home in Vernon.

John Furman, who fought in the Second World War, allegedly attacked his 85-year-old roommate on Sunday at Interior Health's Polson Special Care Facility — a secure facility that provides care for people who have dementia complicated by psychiatric and behavioural issues.

Furman, a platoon sergeant in an elite commando unit known as the Devil's Brigade, was awarded a Bronze Star medal by the U.S government and a few years ago shared his war experiences with the Memory Project — a Canadian archive of veterans' stories.

The death has sparked criticisms of how seniors with dementia are cared for in B.C.

Vera Shippobotham, whose husband died earlier this summer after he was attacked at a care home in Kamloops, said the province needs to do a better job of protecting seniors with dementia from violence at the hands of other patients.