Janet Parkinson couldn't be with her elderly mother to celebrate Mother's Day, so she arranged a pancake breakfast with her ailing parent a few days beforehand.
But, instead of preparing a morning treat for her wise-cracking mum, Marie Darragh, Ms Parkinson had to rush to her northern NSW care home after being told by staff the 82-year-old had suffered a massive stroke.
She died that same morning.
Former nurse Megan Haines is now on trial in the NSW Supreme Court, charged with Ms Darragh's murder and that of another resident at Ballina's St Andrews Village.
Crown prosecutor Brendan Campbell has alleged Haines administered fatal doses of insulin to Ms Darragh and Isobella Spencer, 77, in the middle of the night in May 2014, after the woman complained about her rough treatment.
Haines also allegedly tried to give another woman, aged 88, unscheduled medication but she woke up.
During the second day of Haines' trial the court heard that when Ms Spencer asked for assistance to reach the toilet, she was told by the 49-year-old night nurse to "piss in her pad".
And when Ms Darragh had asked for a lotion to soothe an itch on her genitals, she was told she was "disgusting" and to cover up by Haines, the court heard.
The residents told staff of their alleged treatment, and on the night of May 9, 2014, Haines was told three complaints had been received about her conduct during some of the six shifts she had worked at the facility.
During her shift that night, the crown alleges, she gave the two residents fatal doses of insulin.
Both were found unconscious in their beds and there was no sign of disturbance, Detective Sergeant Darren Gunn, the homicide squad officer in charge of the investigation, told the jury on Tuesday.
After Ms Darragh was found, Ms Parkinson was called and rushed to be with her mother.
The night before, during one of their regular visits, she had made plans to visit, she said.
"I kissed her goodbye and told her I loved her and I would see her the next morning with pancakes," she said.
Ms Darragh's granddaughter Shannon Parkinson became emotional as she described the moment her grandmother died in her arms.
She gazed steadfastly at the accused throughout much of her evidence.
The trial continues before Justice Peter Garling.
© AAP 2016
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