UPDATE: Teenager charged with killing his Sydney grandmother refused bail

UPDATE @ December 9 2017 11.30am | A 19-year-old, accused of killing his own grandmother in a frenzied stabbing attack, has been refused bail.

Ethan Harwood was extradited from Victoria to New South Wales on Friday, after being found at his mother’s home in Nhill in western Victoria.

It’s alleged he viciously attacked 67-year-old Pauline Farrugia at her Penrith South home on December 2, but her brutalised body wasn’t found until Wednesday.


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She had been stabbed 18 times, with Police alleging Harwood broke a number of knives in the attack.

According to witness reports, Harwood became drunk and upset at a dinner at his sister’s house on Saturday and was overheard telling his mother on the phone that he “wished he had never been born”.

He also allegedly told of being physically abused by his grandmother, who he lived with until recently, when he was a child.

Harwood appeared via audiovisual link at Parramatta bail court on Saturday. His lawyer did not apply for bail and it was formally refused.

EARLIER @ December 9 2017 8am | A young man is set to face court, accused of stabbing his grandmother to death in her Sydney home.

The 19-year-old was arrested at a house at Nhill, in western Victoria, on Thursday morning, a day after the body of Pauline Farrugia was found by Police.

The 67-year-old’s daughter raised the alarm, after reporting her missing.

She had suffered 18 stab wounds in what Police have described as a frenzied attack by Ethan Harwood.

It’s alleged he broke a number of knives while fatally stabbing his grandmother during a “drunk and highly emotional” attack.

The teen had lived with Ms Farrugia for most of his life, before returning to live with his mother in Victoria about a year ago.

According to witness reports, Harwood became drunk and upset at a dinner at his sister’s house on Saturday and was overheard telling his mother on the phone that he “wished he had never been born”.

He also allegedly told of being physically abused by his grandmother when he was a child.

Harwood appeared at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday before being extradited to New South Wales, where he was charged with murder and is due to face court on Saturday.

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