Bal­lina granny killer

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - True Crime -

When nurse Me­gan Haines dis­cov­ered two el­derly res­i­dents at the nurs­ing home where she worked had com­plained about her rude­ness, she si­lenced them.

On May 10, 2014, Haines gave Isabella Spencer, 77, and Marie Dar­ragh, 82, lethal in­sulin in­jec­tions at St An­drews Vil­lage in Bal­lina, NSW.

South-african born Haines claimed she was in­no­cent, but in De­cem­ber 2016 the 49-year-old re­ceived a 27-year sen­tence.

Years ear­lier, while Haines was on duty in a Mel­bourne hospi­tal ward, two el­derly fe­male pa­tients were in­jected with in­sulin and their jew­ellery was stolen. The women sur­vived but soon af­ter, Haines was stripped of her nurs­ing reg­is­tra­tion. When it was re­in­stated, she moved to Bal­lina.

“I never got off the phone with­out Mum telling me what an evil woman she (Haines) was – a rough woman who treated her and her friends ter­ri­bly,” Marie’s daugh­ter Charli Dar­ragh told re­porters.

“Mum was a bit fright­ened to com­plain but I said, ‘What’s she go­ing to do? Mur­der you?’ I will re­gret those words to the day I die be­cause that’s ex­actly what she did.”

Haines re­ceived a 27-year sen­tence.

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