Businessman, 72, is found guilty of murdering his estranged wife, 34, after insisting that she mysteriously disappeared amid a bitter row of divorce
- John Chardon was charged with the murder of his estranged wife Novy Chardon, 34
- Mrs. Chardon's body, who filed for divorce, was never found
- He was not found guilty of murder, but he was found guilty of manslaughter
A businessman has been found guilty of murdering his estranged wife in the midst of a bitter divorce.
John William Chardon, 72, has been tried in the Supreme Court of Brisbane, accused of murdering his wife Novy Chardon.
The 34-year-old disappeared from the couple's Gold Coast house on February 6, 2013. The body of the mother of two was never found.
After a three-week trial, the jury consulted for nine hours before Chardon was acquitted of murder and found guilty of manslaughter.
John William Chardon, 72, is on trial in the Brisbane Supreme Court, accused of murdering his wife Novy Chardon
During the trial, the court heard how Mrs. Chardon was missing on the same day when her husband received a letter from divorce lawyers about custody of their two children and the division of his property.
More than 70 witnesses gave testimony during the trial, which contained details about the couple's martial issues.
The trial heard a whole series of allegations, including that he had tried to hire a Filipino assassin.
The jury was also told that he had countless things and asked his daughter to hide a mysterious box that was said to contain parts of the gun and handcuffs.
He denied it all.
During the trial prosecutor, Mark Green mocked Chardon's version of the events surrounding his wife's disappearance and called them "Johnny & # 39; s special stories".
& # 39; He thinks he can get away with murder because he is so good at throwing away Novy & # 39; s body & # 39 ;, he told the jury during his closing remarks.
He accused Chardon of killing his wife after receiving the letter about custody of the couple's two children.
But the jury found him guilty of the lesser indictment of manslaughter.
Novy Chardon, 34, was missing on February 6, 2013 – the same day her husband, John William Chardon, 71, received a letter from divorce lawyers about custody of their two children and the division of his property
Mrs. Chardon had been deeply unhappy in the last years of her marriage and prepared for life outside the & # 39; dark shadow & # 39; from her husband, the court heard.
The beautician born in Indonesia disappeared at the end of the legal divorce of the few years in which Chardon stayed in the family's home to help with the children.
The court heard that Chardon received the divorce letter at 3 p.m. and was waiting in the garage when Mrs. Chardon came home from dinner later that evening with a friend.
From the witness stand, Chardon said his wife had ignored him when he confronted her.
He said she told him she was leaving later that night, so he went to bed.
Green had told the jury that there was no direct evidence of how the alleged murder took place, but the court heard that the next morning Chardon rented a steam cleaner at Woolworths and cleaned his wife's carpet.
He then boasted about his cleaning efforts and sexual ability before proposing Mrs. Chardon's best friend, Frederika Wong, when she came looking for her friend after she missed their coffee date.
Mrs. Wong noticed the wet carpet – and when the police started investigating, the urine stains were deep in the pile of the carpet showing that something had happened in the bedroom.
He will be sentenced later this year.
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