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Murder trial hears how Barbara Eckersley fed her mother ‘green dream’ in a soup



Richard and Barbara Eckersley

Murder accused Barbara Eckersley and her husband, Richard. Photo: Hannah Sparks.

A prosecutor has alleged Barbara Mary Eckersley, 69, intended to kill her non-verbal and bedridden mother, Dr Mary White, when she fed her ‘green dream’, or pentobarbitone, in a soup at a southern NSW nursing home on 5 August, 2018.

In his opening statement in the trial of Ms Eckersley, Crown prosecutor Paul Kerr told jurors she had used ‘green dream’ to euthanise injured animals while involved in wildlife care in Canberra 20 years ago, and was unhappy about the level of care her 92-year-old mother was receiving at the Warrigal aged care facility in Bundanoon.

However, Ms Eckersley’s barrister, Kieran Ginges, argued Dr White, who was an…

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