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Bellambi grandmother pleads guilty to manslaughter

Louise O’Brien

A BELLAMBI grandmother has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of a young woman whose badly decomposed body was found buried in a backyard.

Patricia Goddard, 72, was in the Supreme Court today charged with the manslaughter of 18-year-old Louise Maree O’Brien.

Goddard originally pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder in July.

The badly decomposed body of Ms O’Brien was unearthed from the backyard of the Bellambi home in February last year. Ms O’Brien was only reported missing a few days before her body was found, however police believe she could have disappeared any time after October 2009, when she became estranged from her family.

Police have said it was a member of the public who reported her missing last year.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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