Super-rich businessman, 74, who murdered his estranged wife, 34, after insisting that she disappeared amid a bitter divorce line being jailed for 15 years
- John William Chardon, 72, was convicted for the manslaughter of Novy Chardon
- The mother of two, 34, disappeared in 2013 from their mansion in Brisbane
- Persecution had no direct evidence of how the alleged murder took place
- He was charged with the murder after receiving a letter about custody of their children
A Gold Coast millionaire who murdered his estranged wife in the midst of a bitter dispute over custody of their two children will spend the next 12 years in prison.
John William Chardon, 72, was convicted of Novy Chardon's manslaughter after a three-week trial in the Brisbane Supreme Court.
The mother of two, 34, disappeared from their upper house in Coomera on the night of February 6, 2013.
Her body was never found.
On Wednesday, Justice Ann sentenced Lyons Chardon to 15 years in prison, with conditional release in 2031.
John William Chardon (photo on the right) was convicted for the manslaughter of Novy Chardon
His trial heard a whole series of sensational allegations, including that he had tried to hire a Filipino assassin, had a lot of things, and asked his daughter to hide a mysterious box that was said to contain gun parts and handcuffs.
He was also accused of killing his wife hours after he received a letter from her divorce lawyer about custody of their children.
But Chardon denied it all and said Mrs. Chardon told him she was leaving.
The court heard that the Indonesian-born beautician had been deeply unhappy during the final years of her marriage and prepared for life outside the & # 39; dark shadow & # 39; from her husband.
She disappeared at the end of the legal divorce of the few years in which Chardon stayed home to help with the children.
Prosecutor Mark Green had no direct evidence of how Chardon's alleged murder took place.
Instead, he told the jury that it was the & # 39; little things & # 39; were, as Chardon hired a carpet cleaner the morning after he disappeared, and his short trip to his factory the night before proved his guilt.
However, the jury found Chardon guilty of the lesser indictment.
Novy Chardon (photo), her body was never found
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