A detective (left) with the man arrested over the two deaths. HE had spent more than two years working at a Wallsend nursing home looking after society’s most vulnerable before he is accused of doing the unthinkable.
Nurse Garry Steven Davis, 27, stands accused of murdering two elderly aged-care patients and attempting to kill a third in an alleged killing spree in October last year.
SummitCare Wallsend residents Gwen Fowler, 83, and Ryan Kelly, 80, died and another patient, 91-year-old Audrey Manuel, was critically injured after each was allegedly injected with high doses of insulin despite not being diabetic.
The injections caused the trio to become hypoglycaemic.
After an intense 14-month investigation, which included poring over hours of security vision and taking hundreds of statements, Strike Force Correa detectives arrested Mr Davis on Wednesday at his Redhead home.
Mr Davis, 27, of Kalaroo Road, did not apply for bail in Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday.
His solicitor, Iain Bruce, said Mr Davis may apply for bail on Friday after anumber of documents, including three induced statements and a transcript of an interview, were served by police.
Mr Davis is accused of murdering Ms Fowler between 4pm on October 18 last year and 12.50pm on October 19, court documents stated.
He is accused of attempting to murder Ms Manuel between 10am and 4pm, also on October 19.
Mr Davis is then accused of murdering Mr Kelly between noon on October 19 and 9.30am on October29.
No pleas were entered.
Mr Davis, who wore a green T-shirt, appeared in Newcastle Local Court for about a minute after he was mistakenly brought into the courtroom by corrective services officers.
Mr Bruce had previously told magistrate Ian Cheetham that Mr Davis was not required to appear. Newcastle City local area commander Superintendent John Gralton said the arrest followed an intensive police investigation.
‘‘I would have to say this has been a painstaking investigation and the detectives have had to go through numerous vision of CCTV, they have had to go through medical records, they have interviewed hundreds of witnesses in regards to the investigation and methodically gone through a whole host of investigative material to get to the result they have today,’’ he said.
Superintendent Gralton added: ‘‘We are thinking of the families at this time, who have suffered regarding the loss of their loved ones.
‘‘But we did indicate at the outset that we would leave no stone unturned in this investigation.
‘‘The detectives have worked tirelessly to bring this investigation before the courts.’’
SummitCare issued a short statement that said the company would continue to co-operate with authorities.
‘‘The care, welfare, and privacy of residents, their families, and staff is our ongoing priority,’’ the statement said.
‘‘At this difficult time, our thoughts are with the former residents and their families.’’
SummitCare confirmed Mr Davis had begun working with the company in September 2011 and his employment terminated in September 2014.
A MALE nurse has been charged with the alleged murders of two elderly nursing home patients and the attempted murder of a third at a Wallsend aged care facility.
Strike Force Correa detectives arrested the 27-year-old man at a Redhead address on Wednesday morning before taking him back to Newcastle police station for questioning.
Within hours, he was chargedwith two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.
The strike force was set up to investigate the alleged murders of Gwen Fowler, 83, and Ryan Kelly, 80, in October last year.
They were also looking into the alleged attempted murder of Audrey Manuel, 91.
It will be alleged that all three patients were injected with high amounts of insulin at the SummitCare Wallsend facility within a day of each other.
None were diabetic and it is alleged the injections caused them to become hypoglycemic.
Mrs Fowler died on October 18, while Mr Kelly succumbed on October 30.
Police will hold a press conference on the matter on Wednesday afternoon.