February 7, 2023

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Just Law & Legal

‘Hide the body’ joke in letter to mate, courtroom hears

Sheep farmer Mathew Dunbar, who died aged 42, might have just wanted really like and a household.

“But what did he get?” crown prosecutor Brett Hatfield asked a NSW Supreme Court docket jury on Monday afternoon.

“A cold and calculating individual who was identified to get rid of him and inherit his wealth.”

Natasha Darcy, 46, was Mr Dunbar’s spouse and has pleaded not guilty to his murder, arguing he took his personal lifestyle.

Prosecutors allege she drugged Mr Dunbar with a sedative milkshake and gassed him to demise in his bed in the early several hours of August 2, 2017, in a bid to inherit his $3.5m farm, Pandora, of which she was the sole beneficiary.

Among the the evidence read by jurors in the earlier two months was that of two “extraordinary letters” Ms Darcy sent to a large school friend just after Mr Dunbar’s dying, Mr Hatfield reported.

A 1st letter made available the close friend $20,000 to notify distinct lies about Mr Dunbar that would guide Ms Darcy at her impending murder demo, he instructed the court docket.

The friend, who appeared “shocked and emotionally affected” by the correspondence as she gave proof, minimize off get in touch with, Mr Hatfield explained.

A 2nd letter then arrived, in which Ms Darcy apologised if $20,000 was not plenty of and supplied the good friend “as considerably as you need”, he explained to the court.

“You could recall how the second letter ended,” he claimed to the jurors.

He quoted Ms Darcy: “This reminds me of a funny stating which I can not recall term for phrase but it was some thing like if you’re ever in difficulties I won’t be there to assistance you due to the fact I’ll be future to you serving to you hide the system.”


The crown prosecutor informed the jury: “That is a joke about receiving away with murder. Written by somebody on remand for murder, creating to any person supplying income to lie to support them get off a murder charge.”

In the final minutes of his 4-working day closing address, Mr Hatfield ran by way of the “strands in the cable” of his circumstantial scenario: Ms Darcy exaggerated Mr Dunbar’s melancholy to “set the scene” for his demise she googled factors linked to overdose, style, murder, suicide she obtained drugs such as the ram sedative acepromazine she requested helium fuel and, after his demise, she searched for medication uncovered in Mr Dunbar’s method ahead of she understood what the toxicology report mentioned.

Agreed facts tendered in the circumstance condition that in 2009, Ms Darcy strike her husband, Colin Crossman, on the head with a hammer as he slept.

3 times later on, she ready him a food of tacos as he viewed the cricket, the previous point he remembers from that night time. Ms Darcy then set the house on fireplace whilst he slept. Sedatives Mr Crossman experienced not knowingly taken were afterwards located in his blood.

The previous month, she had taken out a daily life insurance plan plan which paid out $700,000 to her on the demise of Mr Crossman.

Mr Hatfield claimed these events show Ms Darcy has a tendency to sedate and inflict significant hurt on her domestic associates for financial get.

“Recall the tacos, the past detail Mr Crossman remembered right before the fireplace?” Mr Hatfield explained.

“The milkshake we post to you was in the very same category.”

He likened Ms Darcy to Mr Dunbar’s individual own Pandora’s box: a “source of surprising troubles” in the sheep farmer’s everyday living.

As she entered her not guilty plea to murder, Ms Darcy explained she was responsible of aiding and abetting Mr Dunbar’s suicide, which she has not been billed with.

The defence’s sole witness, suicide expert Professor Matthew Significant, posthumously diagnosed Mr Dunbar with despair.

Mr Hatfield mentioned there was no concern that Mr Dunbar had experienced melancholy, but a psychiatrist who noticed him whilst he was alive insisted underneath oath it was not a significant sickness.

The physician, who encountered Mr Dunbar in a mental health and fitness ward after he threatened suicide, explained the farmer as “one of the least unwell persons I have ever achieved in a community institution”, Mr Hatfield explained.

He reported the crown situation was that Ms Darcy had “exploited” Mr Dunbar’s depression to kill him in the way she did: a staged suicide.

Ms Darcy’s barrister is anticipated to produce her closing address on Tuesday.