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NSW aged home carer guilty of murders

AAP logoAAP 28/09/2016 Andi Yu

A NSW aged care worker who predicted the deaths of three elderly dementia patients in text messages to a colleague has been found guilty of their murder and attempted murder.

Garry Steven Davis, 29, worked at SummitCare aged care home in Newcastle in October 2013 when, over 48 hours, three residents were rushed to hospital with hypothermia and hypoglycaemia.

Garry Steven Davis, 29, worked at SummitCare aged care home © Ten News Garry Steven Davis, 29, worked at SummitCare aged care home Doctors found lethal amounts of insulin in the blood of Gwen Fowler, 83, Ryan Kelly, 80, and Audrey Manuel, 91.

Mrs Fowler and Mr Kelly died and Ms Manuel survived but died of other causes a while later.

Davis pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder but on Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Robert Allan Hulme found him guilty on all counts.

Justice Hulme explained the case was a circumstantial one and that he had eliminated all other visitors, staff and residents at SummitCare.

Davis's text messages to a colleague predicting his victims' deaths formed part of the damning evidence, he said.

"Hey Garry how's gwen? 1 a shift, 4 would b a record" colleague Debbie Wilson texted to Davis on October 19.

"Happens in 3. She's blue as but still breathing," Davis replied.

"Lol ok thanx - who do u think is no 3? John S or Doris M?" she asked.

"Bell or Kelly," he said.

"Oh yeah forgot bout them 2 - can u txt me plz if she goes?"

"Yep will do."

Just over an hour later, Davis texted her again: "Gwen gone. Audrey no3."

"Thanx," she replied.

Justice Hulme said Mrs Fowler, Mr Kelly and Mrs Manuel's health were stable so it did not make sense that Davis would nominate residents who were not among the most ill.

Despite none of them being insulin dependent, the fact Davis was the victims' primary medication giver meant they would have been less likely to object to him injecting them with it, he said.

Adding strength to this idea was a doctor's evidence that Ms Fowler, Davis' first victim, was "too far demented to really question or raise any alarm", he said.

In another text message to colleague Monique Christensen, Davis told her having two of his patients dead would reduce his time spent on "pill round".

"I would be crying. I don't deal with death very well," she replied.

"Adrenaline kicks in. Best feeling," he replied.

Davis himself did not give evidence during the trial but the court heard he told police the victims were "perfect residents" and "could not think of somebody doing such a thing".

Outside court, Davis' family members yelled that he was innocent and there were 19 other staff members who could be responsible, the ABC reported.

Davis will be sentenced later this year.

SummitCare chief executive Cynthia Payne said the company's thoughts were with the families of Mrs Fowler, Mr Kelly and Mrs Manuel and that it had offered support to its residents and employees.

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