Former nurse Megan Jean Haines
Former nurse Megan Jean Haines Contributed

Woman accused of Ballina murders to face Lismore trial

THE woman accused of murdering two residents of a Ballina nursing home has been committed to stand trial in Lismore.

Former nurse Megan Jean Haines, 48, entered a plea of not guilty at arraignment before New South Wales Supreme Court Justice Peter Johnson in Sydney on Friday.

Police allege she administered fatal doses of insulin to St Andrew's Village nursing home residents Marie Darragh, 82, and Isobella Spencer, 77, in May 2014.

Both women died in hospital on May 10 after being found unconscious in their beds.

The two women had advanced care directives against resuscitation.

Justice Johnson set the trial date for October 10 before the NSW Supreme Court in Lismore.

Both sides are expected to call on expert witnesses, other St Andrew's nurses and management in a trial predicted to last eight weeks.

Haines was arrested in the Victorian town Seaspray and extradited to NSW almost a month after Ms Darragh and Ms Spencer's deaths.

She has been held in detention since; having failed to convince a court her custody was unjustified.


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