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Woman accused of nursing home murders gets new shot at bail

A FORMER nurse charged with murdering two nursing home residents will get a second bail application after a magistrate said his original ruling did not account for new changes in the law.

Megan Jean Haines was charged with murdering Marie Darragh, 82, and Isobella Spencer, 77, at Ballina's St Andrews Nursing Home after it was alleged she found out about complaints made against her on May 9, 2014.

Forensic examinations of both women's bodies found they were given fatal doses of insulin.

Haines, 46, is also charged with assaulting an 88-year-old woman on the same night as the alleged murders.

 

On February 17, Haines appeared via video-link at Lismore Local Court where her solicitor Michael Blair applied for bail.

Following a one-hour bail hearing, Magistrate David Heilpern refused Haines bail.

However, Mr Heilpern yesterday said he was now concerned his February 17 ruling did not take into account a new legal precedent, which had been set in the Supreme Court only a day earlier.

"I am concerned that I did not make that decision in accordance with the law," Mr Heilpern told Lismore solicitor Jim Fuggle, who was appearing on behalf of Mr Blair.

"Mr Blair can make another bail application (for Haines)."

Mr Heilpern adjourned Haines' matters until a date in April.

 


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