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Nurse faces extradition to Sydney after deaths of two elderly women

A nurse will be extradited to Sydney to face charges over the deaths of two elderly women at a nursing home.

Isobella Spencer, 77 and Marie Darragh, 82, were found unconscious in their beds at the nursing home in May and were pronounced dead before emergency services arrived. NSW Police then said their deaths raised questions about the actions of nursing home staff.

Megan Haines, 46, previously a nurse at St Andrew's Village nursing home in Ballina, NSW, cried when she appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday. 

Victoria Police arrested Ms Haines in Seaspray, in south-east Victoria, on Monday, following warrants from NSW Police's Homicide Squad last week.

Detective Sergeant Darryn Gunn, from the NSW Homicide Squad, applied for her extradition, producing a warrant for her arrest. Detective Sergeant Gunn said Ms Haines would be flown to Sydney on Tuesday evening, where she would be taken to Sydney Police Centre. 

She is expected to face a Sydney court for a mention hearing of two charges of murder and one charge of assault on Wednesday morning.


Ms Haines did not apply for bail.

Her lawyer, Joanne Finlay, said her client was vulnerable because it was the first time she had been taken into police custody.

Ms Finlay said she had not been prescribed medication for severe depression.

"She can't tell me the name of one of the medications that has been prescribed for severe depression (at) Watchtower Medical Centre," Ms Finlay said. "She is not to stop taking it suddenly and she hasn't had it for two days now."