Former nurse accused of murder appears in court

Janet Parkinson and Charli Darragh leaving Lismore Local Court.
Janet Parkinson and Charli Darragh leaving Lismore Local Court. Rodney Stevens

THE nurse accused of murdering two Ballina nursing home residents by injecting the women with fatal doses of insulin has appeared in court from a Sydney women's prison.

Dressed in prison greens, Megan Jean Haines appeared at Lismore Local Court via video link from Silverwater's Mulawa Women's correctional centre.

The 46-year-old faces two counts of murder over the deaths of Marie Darragh and Isobella Spencer on May 10, and one charge of assault relating to an attack on an 88-year-old resident.

Haines was represented by Legal Aid solicitor Hugh Van-Ducteren who indicated Haines would be represented by Ms Harris from the Legal Aid head office in future.

"We need brief service orders your honour," he said.

Police prosecutor Mr Costin Neilsen, representing the Director of Public Prosecutions said the director requested the brief of evidence against Haines be served by August 26.

Mr Van Ducteren did not enter a plea on behalf of Haines, or apply for her bail.

Magistrate David Heilpern adjourned Haines matters until a date in September for mention.

At the end of Haines appearance the daughters of Marie Darragh, Jan and Charli, thanked Mr Heilpern for how he treated the case.

Outside the court Charli said she and her sister were there for their mum.

"We're here for mum, Jan and I, and we are very happy with the outcome," she said.

"We are very pleased with what the police are doing."

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