A magistrate has dismissed a prosecution application to revoke home detention bail for a woman accused of murdering her elderly parents by injecting them with her own insulin.
- Raelene Polymiadis was briefly taken back into custody when she was charged with breaching her bail
- Magistrate Karim Soetratma dismissed the prosecution’s application to revoke home detention bail
- Ms Polymiadis’s husband lashed out at the media when leaving court
It is alleged Raelene Polymiadis administered high, lethal doses of her own prescription insulin to her mother and father, a year apart, causing their deaths.
Her mother Brenda Anderson died in 2022 and her father Lynton Anderson died in 2023. Both were aged 94.
The Adelaide Magistrates Court heard the fatal doses of insulin caused her parents “significant suffering before dying”.
When leaving the court this afternoon, Ms Polymiadis’s husband lashed out at the media and repeatedly shoved reporters and camera operators
Ms Polymiadis was charged with two counts of murder in July last year, and was granted bail the following month when the Supreme Court found there were special circumstances to warrant home detention bail because of the accused’s medical conditions and her deteriorating health in prison.
Earlier this month, she was briefly taken back into custody when she was charged with five counts of breaching her bail, relating to deviations from her “passes” to attend appointments.
It is alleged she made unauthorised stops at shops as well as a temple that is also used as a function hall off the Salisbury Highway, and in one incident went to a shopping centre and left with a female.
The court heard that when questioned by corrections and police, Ms Polymiadis allegedly said she went to the shopping centre to try to get medication, but a review of the shopping centre’s CCTV showed she did not go into a pharmacy.
The prosecution told the court that meeting was a “concern” to police as they don’t know why the two women met, but Ms Polymiadis’s lawyer Marie Shaw KC said the other woman was a “member of a church” and there was no suggestion she was a witness in the case.
Earlier this month, the Adelaide Magistrates Court granted bail on those alleged breaches — a decision the prosecution gave notice that they would appeal, but did not pursue the appeal.
Magistrate dismisses prosecution bid to revoke bail
Today, the prosecution asked the Adelaide Magistrates Court to revoke bail on the murder charges.
The prosecution said correctional services have now put procedures in place to ensure Ms Polymiadis’s diabetes could be safely managed in prison.
The prosecutor said Ms Polymiadis was “extremely fortunate” to have been given bail while facing two murder charges, but had shown a disregard for the terms of her home detention conditions and had lied to authorities.
Her lawyer told the court there was no suggestion her client had absconded and most of the allegations related to short stops of a few minutes on her way to authorised appointments.
“You can’t stop to blow your nose, you can’t stop because you have diabetes and need something to eat?” Mrs Shaw told the court.
“The prosecution cannot prove that is a breach, to stop on the side of the road for three minutes.”
Magistrate Karim Soetratma dismissed the application, noting that the prison’s improved ability to deal with Ms Polymiadis’s medical condition did not constitute a reason, in itself, to revoke bail to someone who had been granted bail.
Magistrate Soetratma said despite the prosecution’s “suspicions”, there wasn’t sufficient evidence before the court to conclude any sinister motivation behind the alleged bail breaches.
“I do not want Ms Polymiadis to go away from these proceedings thinking that one can do whatever one likes while on home detention,” Magistrate Soetratma said.
When the defendant left court with her lawyer and husband, her husband lashed out physical at reporters and camera operators.
The case returns to court later.