Grandson arrested in murder
THE body of a Penrith grandmother allegedly murdered by her teenage grandson was only discovered after neighbours began to worry when she failed to turn up for a game of bingo.
Patricia Farrugia, 67, was found dead with multiple stab wounds on Wednesday morning in her home on Chesterfield Rd, South Penrith.
It is alleged her 19-year-old grandson Ethan Harwood killed her before heading to Nhill, Victoria, where he was arrested yesterday morning.
Neighbours told The Daily Telegraph the teen used to live with his grandmother and described Ms Farrugia as a “good-natured person” who mostly kept to herself.
“We got on very well,” next- door neigh- bour Judith, who only gave her first name, said.
“Sometimes she mowed the grass between our driveways and if she went away she’d come back with a gift — that’s the sort of person she was.”
She said Ms Farrugia primarily lived alone but was living with a grandson “a few years ago,” but that he had since moved to Victoria.
The close neighbourhood become worried when Ms Farrugia missed bingo and her car disappeared. “When the car was gone we thought maybe she’d had an accident,” Judith said.
Harwood will appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court today where NSW detectives will apply for his extradition to Sydney. He cannot be charged until he is extradited to NSW.
Cops search the street yesterday.