The son of a woman who vanished nine years ago has pleaded guilty to her manslaughter and admitted to interfering with her corpse.
Daniel Heazlewood was arrested in Brisbane in 2015 over the 2009 disappearance his 46-year-old mother, Linda Sidon.
He faced a murder charge over her death but on Wednesday pleaded not guilty in Brisbane Supreme Court.
The court accepted his guilty plea to the downgraded charge of manslaughter.
Ms Sidon – a New Zealand-born part-time cleaner who had a history of anxiety, anorexia and depression – had originally been thought to have committed suicide.
But new leads increased police focus on her disappearance. A five-day search for her body in the Gold Coast hinterland in 2015 came up fruitless.
Ms Sidon’s body has never been found, despite her son assisting police with their search.
His arrest came a day after police had completed a forensic search at the government housing unit where he lived with his mother.
‘A lot of girls deserve a warm gift… such as a live grenade,’ he wrote, according to the Gold Coast Bulletin.
‘What do 80,000 battered wives have in common? They just don’t know when to shut the f— up,’ he wrote in another post.
Heazlewood will remain in custody until his sentencing on May 14.