Verdict: Chardon guilty of wife’s manslaughter
GOLD Coast millionaire John Chardon has been found guilty of his wife Novy's manslaughter in February 6, 2013.
It took a Brisbane Supreme Court jury more than nine hours to convict him of the killing, after retiring on Friday.
He was found not guilty of murder and will be sentenced at a later date.
The three-week trial had heard a raft of allegations, including that John Chardon had attempted to hire a Filipino hitman.
The jury was also told he had numerous affairs and asked his daughter to hide a mysterious box said to contain gun parts and handcuffs.
He denied it all.
During the trial prosecutor Mark Green mocked Chardon's version of the events surrounding his wife's disappearance, callingthem "Johnny's special stories".
"He thinks that he can get away with murder because he did such a good job at disposing of Novy's body," he told the jury during his closing remarks.
He accused Chardon of murdering his wife after receiving the letter about custody of the couple's two children.
But the jury found him guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.
Ms Chardon had been deeply unhappy during the last years of her marriage and was preparing for life outside her husband's "dark shadow", the court heard.
The Indonesian-born beautician disappeared at the end of the couple's year-long legal separation during which Chardon stayed in the family's home to help with the children.
The court heard Chardon received the divorce letter at 3pm and was waiting in the garage when Ms Chardon returned home later that night from dinner with a friend.
From the witness box, 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.
Mr Green had told the jury there was no direct evidence about how the alleged murder occurred, but the court heard Chardon hired a steam cleaner at Woolworths the following morning and cleaned his wife's bedroom carpet.
He then boasted about his cleaning efforts and sexual prowess before propositioning Ms Chardon's best friend, Frederika Wong, when she came looking for her friend after she missed their coffee date.
Ms Wong noticed the wet carpet - and when police began investigating it was urine stains found deep in the carpet's pile that revealed something had happened in the bedroom.