Ballina granny killer
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.