Paroled killer free to live in Illawarra

A Mount Ousley  man who killed his mother and dumped her body in bushland will be free to live in the Illawarra when he is released on parole next month.

Geoffrey Robert Ritchie served 11 years and nine months of his maximum 15-year sentence for murdering his adoptive mother Irene in their Mount Ousley home on February 13 or 14, 2002.

The State Parole Authority has confirmed there will be no restrictions placed on where Ritchie lives when he is released from custody between March 4 and March 11.

He made a successful application to the parole board yesterday after his non-parole period officially expired on February 6.

As a condition of his release, Ritchie, now 71, is banned from contacting any member of his adoptive family.

In 2003, a NSW Supreme Court trial heard Ritchie bundled his 87-year-old mother's body in the car and dumped it in bushland at Maddens Plains before reporting her missing at 6.20am on February 14.

He denied any involvement with her disappearance, telling the Mercury in an interview: "I don't give a stuff what people think. I haven't done it, and that's it."

He then claimed when he was arrested and charged with her murder that he smothered his elderly mother as an act of mercy.

Police subsequently found her badly decomposed body in bushland at Maddens Plains.

It took less than four hours for the Supreme Court jury to convict him of murder.

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