Barbara is at first persuaded to keep quiet, so as not to expose the land deal, but veiled threats from Bea make her give the police all the details, and Phillip quits as her solicitor (306). Her new solicitor (who is much more effective than Phillip) has the charges of arson and murder against her dropped (308) and Barbara tries to blackmail George Logan into giving her a half share in his new hotel (310), but she is sentenced to six months on the theft charge (311). Phillip brings her the papers to sign and she keeps a copy (312), but this is confiscated by Joan (314) and used by her to force Barbara to inform on the plot against Joan by Bea and Steve Fawkner (316). Joan gives Barbara her papers back, but keeps a copy (317).
In order to counter Joan's threat, Barbara arranges a break-in at Joan's house and gets hold of Joan's personal diaries (321), and hides them in Erica's office, to which she has access through her work assignment (322). Bea finds out about the diaries, and uses them to lure Joan to isolation to bash her at the same time as diversionary fires are started in other parts of the prison.
The fire causes much more damage than intended, and Barbara breaks into Erica's office to try to recover the diaries, but is overcome by smoke and dies in the fire (326).
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