News State New South Wales Matthew De Gruchy, who killed his Illawarra family as a teenager, set to be released from jail

Matthew De Gruchy, who killed his Illawarra family as a teenager, set to be released from jail

Victim's advocates Peter Rolfe and Howard Brown say De Gruchy's family are concerned he will offend again. Photo: ABC
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In March 1996, Matthew De Gruchy bludgeoned his mother, younger brother, and sister to death at their Albion Park home on the New South Wales South Coast.

De Gruchy was sentenced to a maximum 28 years in jail for the murders.

After 23 years, the NSW Parole Authority formally decided to grant him parole in a hearing in Parramatta Court today.

Now, 41, De Gruchy was granted conditional release and was told he is not allowed to contact the family of his victims, except for his father, and that he cannot enter the Wollongong or Shoalhaven Local Government Areas.

He will be released from prison in August.

De Guchy appeared via video link for the hearing and sat emotionless through out the proceedings.

Outside the court victim’s advocates have spoken on behalf of the family voicing concerns about his release.

Advocate Howard Brown said De Gruchy’s family were too distressed to speak publicly but are concerned he could offend again.

More to come.

-ABC

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