Grand­son ar­rested in mur­der

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - SAM McBEATH

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.

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