The family of a Queensland mother who was brutally killed at the hands of her son are still searching for answers after authorities failed to locate to her body.
Daniel Paul Heazlewood, 33, killed his mother Linda Sidon, 46, in their housing commission home on the Gold Coast, in June 2009.
He drove 30km to the Numinbah Valley with Ms Sidon’s body in the boot of his car and then buried her in a shallow grave.
Heazlewood was charged with manslaughter in 2015 and was handed an eight year jail sentence in 2018.
He was released just 29 months later in February this year – despite Queensland’s ‘No Body No Parole’ law and authorities still unable to locate Ms Sidon’s body.
Daniel Paul Heazlewood, 33, killed his mother Linda Sidon (pictured), 46, in their Housing Commission home on the Gold Coast, in June 2009
The victim’s sister Pamela McLaren told the Gold Coast Bulletin she felt ‘physically sick’ knowing her nephew had been released back into the community.
Under state legislation, a killer cannot be granted parole if the body of the victim remains undiscovered.
The Parole Board can however release a prisoner if they are satisfied they made genuine attempts to identify the victim’s remains.
Ms McLaren, who does not believe her nephew properly assisted police with their investigations, slammed the exemption.
‘I believe that Daniel is just carrying on as usual, making everyone look like idiots,’ she said.
‘I don’t feel like it’s safe for the community. I don’t think it’s right… this is how you get away with (killing) your mum. You just say that you don’t know where the body is and you get out of jail within a few years. It’s a bit of a joke.’
Heazlewood (pictured) was charged with manslaughter in 2015 and was handed an eight year jail sentence in 2018. He was released just 29 months later in February this year
Around the time of the trial, Heazlewood took part in a re-enactment of his mother’s death and took police to the place he believed he had buried her, though could not remember the exact location.
The Parole Board noted in a report that environmental factors made recovering the body ‘impossible’.
‘His delay in providing the information in a timely manner during the investigation removed the usefulness of his information,’ the report stated.
Ms Sidon’s other sister Pauline declared the law is ‘broken’ and needs to be rewritten.
The mum-of-two said the legislation was brought in to bring loved ones home ‘and it’s not happening’.
Pauline Sidon is adamant she will never forgive her nephew for taking her sister’s life.
The sisters have conceded that it is unlikely Ms Sidon’s body will ever be relocated.
Sisters of manslaughter victim Linda Sidon leave the supreme Court in Brisbane, Monday, May 14, 2018. Pictured: Pamela McLaren (right) and Pauline Sidon (left)
Heazlewood was arrested in 2015 after police had put surveillance on him as a suspect in his mother’s disappearance.
A surveillance device capture Heazlewood talking about his mother as he was driving to Numinbah Valley, where it was revealed later he had buried her.
‘She just pushed me too far one day, so I killed her,’ he could be heard saying.
After her death, Heazlewood allegedly told a friend how he felt about his mother.
‘I hate her. I can’t stand the b****,’ he allegedly said.
While being interviewed by police after his arrest, Heazlewood told detectives his mother had come into his room brandishing a steak knife and started to verbally abuse him.
He said she would abuse him about the fact he was still living at home, and that he had jumped up and grabbed her wrist before they both ended up on the floor.
Heazlewood drove 30km to the Numinbah Valley with Ms Sidon’s body in the boot of his car and then buried her in a shallow grave
‘We were on the ground but I grabbed her wrist and then we struggled, I don’t know if I was saying anything,’ he said.
‘And then somehow we fell and I was in the frame of my bedroom, and then her head was on my chest and we were both facing the roof and I had her wrist and I had my forearm around her neck and we were struggling and I had pressure on there [her neck].
‘And I don’t think it was very long and then she wasn’t moving.’
Heazlewood said he then ‘scooted’ away from her and went into the lounge room for a while before going back and moving her body to her bed. A ‘day or two’ later he decided to check on her and found she wasn’t breathing.
‘So then I sat around the house for another while wondering what to do, I remember at some point I went to Bunnings and I bought a shovel and a bag of lime, I remember hearing from a movie lime does something,’ he said.
He said he then wrapped her in a blanket before moving her to the boot of her own car.
‘Then that night I drove to pine creek road, and then I left the car and went into the bush a bit and dug a hole,’ he said.
‘And then I went back to the car and I remember trying to carry her, I couldn’t, I kept dry reaching and vomiting when I tried to put her on my shoulder so I just dragged her.’
He said he dumped her body in the hole he had dug, covered it with lime and dirt and left.
Queensland police officers excavate a site in the search for the body of missing woman Linda Sidon in Nurimbah, in the Gold Coast hinterland, in 2015