Wimmera man to face NSW court for murder

A WIMMERA teenager will be extradited to NSW after he was arrested for the alleged murder of his grandmother.

Ethan Harwood, 19, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

The court heard that Harwood’s grandmother, Pauline Farrugia, 67, lived alone in Penrith South.

She raised Harwood and the pair lived together until about a year ago, when he went to live with his mother.

The court than Harwood visited the Penrith area on December 2, where he went to a barbecue and became intoxicated and emotional.

Other people overheard him telling his mother on the phone that he "wished he had never been born" and complaining of being physically abused by his grandmother when he was a child.

Witnesses saw Harwood leave the barbecue about 7pm.

Between December 2 and December 5, Ms Farrugia’s daughter tried to contact her with no success. 

The court heard that police attended Ms Farrugia’s property on December 6 and found her body with at least 18 stab wounds to the torso.

Police found three broken knives laying next to her body, which appeared to be part of a cooking set. 

Police also found the house had been ransacked and Ms Farrugia’s car was missing. 

The court heard police found a pair of men’s black canvass shoes, that were identical to ones seen worn by Harwood on December 2.

Police alleged that Harwood was intoxicated and in a highly emotional state when he attacked Ms Farrugia.

Police said the attack appeared to be uncontrolled.

Police alleged Harwood then ransacked the house, stole a vehicle and drove to Penrith Railway Station before taking the train to Melbourne. 

Horsham police arrested Harwood at his Wimmera home on Thursday. Harwood will appear in Parramatta Court at a later date.