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Killer NSW nurse faces sentence hearing

AAP logoAAP 6/12/2016

An ex-nurse who murdered two elderly women inside their NSW retirement village by injecting them with insulin is due to face a sentencing hearing.

Megan Haines killed Marie Darragh, 82, and Isabella Spencer, 77, in the middle of the night in May 2014 on the NSW north coast.

Haines denied the murders but a NSW Supreme Court jury took just four hours to find her guilty last month.

Ms Spencer had complained Haines refused to help her reach the toilet, while Ms Darragh said the nurse would not give her a cream to sooth an itch.

A former boyfriend testified in 2009, while watching a crime show, Haines said it was possible to kill someone without being detected by injecting insulin.

Her lawyer argued Haines wasn't the only one with access to the insulin, and questioned why she wouldn't have murdered a third woman who complained about her if that was her motivation.

Haines was emotionless when the guilty verdicts were delivered.

Family members of the victims are expected to watch Wednesday's sentencing hearing via video link from Lismore.

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