ACCUSED OF MURDER: Former nurse Megan Jean Haines is accused of murdering two residents at a Ballina nursing home. Photo contributed
ACCUSED OF MURDER: Former nurse Megan Jean Haines is accused of murdering two residents at a Ballina nursing home. Photo contributed

Woman accused of Ballina nursing home murders to enter plea

THE WOMAN accused of two murders at a Ballina nursing home in 2014 is due to be arraigned in the NSW Supreme Court this morning.

Megan Jean Haines has been charged with the murders of Marie Darragh and Isobella Spencer at Ballina's St Andrews nursing home.

It is alleged she administered fatal doses of insulin to both women, who died on May 10.

Haines has been committed to stand trial in the Supreme Court and her case is listed for arraignment at 11.30am today.

Arraignment is the formal appearance of an accused person in court to hear the charges, in the presence of a judge, and to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.

The matter will be presided over by Justice P Johnson.

In December last year Haines appeared in Lismore Local Court before Magistrate Sinclair, represented by her solicitor Michael Blair.

The court heard evidence from four witnesses - clinical and forensic toxicologist Associate Professor Naren Gunja, Ballina GP Dr Jerome Mellor, St Andrew's deputy director of aged care Susan Cunningham and registered nurse Gillian Writer.

They were cross examined by Mr Blair.

Magistrate Sinclair committed Haines to stand trial in the Supreme Court on the two counts of murder.



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