Man admits to murdering grandmother in South Penrith

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A man has admitted to the stabbing murder of his grandmother in South Penrith almost 18 months ago.

Ethan Harwood, 20, will face a sentencing hearing next month after pleading guilty to the December 2017 attack on Pauline Farrugia.

Harwood was arrested in Victoria a day after 67-year-old Ms Farrugia’s body was found in the Chesterfield Road home.

Harwood, who had lived with his grandmother for most of his life, faced a New South Wales Supreme Court arraignment last Friday, where he entered the guilty plea.

It is alleged he stabbed Ms Farrugia 18 times and was drunk and upset on the night of the murder. He tried to set fire to the house after the attack.

In a strange twist, police who found Ms Farrugia’s body noticed a DVD showing the accused and the deceased on holidays in 2012 was playing on the television.

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