Natasha Darcy, accused of murdering her lover Mathew Dunbar, could have erased proof she drugged him with a sedative milkshake with the press of a button — but did not, in a transfer that casts doubt on her guilt, a jury has been advised.
A filthy Nutribullet cup and glass had been observed in the dishwasher at the NSW farm the place Mr Dunbar died, the pink residue inside of tests positive for four sedatives also discovered in the sheep farmer’s blood.
“Careful and deliberate arranging for 5 months, but she does not turn on the dishwasher,” Ms Darcy’s barrister Janet Manuell told the NSW Supreme Court docket on Wednesday.
“All she had to do was press the button … and it was not finished.”
Mr Dunbar, a 42-yr-aged grazier from the regional NSW city of Walcha, died in the early hours of August 2, 2017.
Ms Darcy, 46, has pleaded not responsible to murdering him by drugging him with a sedative milkshake prior to gassing him to loss of life in his bed,in a bid to inherit his $3.5m residence Pandora, of which she was the sole beneficiary.
Ms Manuell suggested in her closing deal with on Wednesday that several pieces of the crown scenario about the Nutribullet consume did not include up.
She said on the crown’s timeline “people ended up nevertheless awake and in the house” when the consume was manufactured and asked jurors if Ms Darcy would have run that danger.
She pointed to photographs she said prompt at least some tablets in the consume were “not pulverised properly”, stating Mr Dunbar would have seen the gritty texture.
And she asked the jurors: “If she was so intent on killing him why would not she have just crammed that consume with all the other medication in the residence?”
Ms Darcy told law enforcement Mr Dunbar habitually crushed up medication and blended it into a drink as he experienced a poor gag reflex.
The crown suggests there is no proof he struggled to choose tablets.
Ms Darcy contends Mr Dunbar’s loss of life was a suicide and he was underneath stress from a critical calf infection, his “unclear sexual orientation”, troubled finances, and also experienced a heritage of melancholy.
An orthopaedic specialist could not pinpoint the cause of the leg an infection, which was perhaps joined to Mr Dunbar’s strep throat, Ms Manuell explained.
The crown alleges it was brought about by Ms Darcy injecting the ram sedative acepromazine into Mr Dunbar’s leg on July 7 as one particular of two “dry runs” just before she actually killed him on August 2.
Prosecutor Brett Hatfield told the jury that Ms Darcy told Mr Dunbar he had “gone for a stroll all over the farm but can not keep in mind it”, and that the farmer described “losing a day” to physicians.
Ms Manuell explained Mr Dunbar experienced a background of getting puzzled about his whereabouts.
“How can you be contented that the overlooked stroll … was not just aspect of this exact same problem?” she reported.
A healthcare facility nurse recorded Mr Dunbar was “anxious +++” several hours just before the expert warned he may possibly have to amputate previously mentioned the knee if his infection worsened.
It did not, and 22 hours later on the selection was made not to function.
“Don’t you assume Mr Dunbar would have been deeply distressed for those people 22 hrs that he lay there in the clinic contemplating there was a chance he might lose his leg previously mentioned the knee?” Ms Manuell reported.
“Because that would have been the conclude of his daily life at Pandora … definitely the way he experienced farmed in the previous.”
Ms Darcy told law enforcement that Mr Dunbar had been given a weak prognosis about his leg from the professional on the working day he died.
That same day, Ms Manuell mentioned, Mr Dunbar informed a gasoline supplier about his leg: “I will not wander again.”
This was “odd”, she mentioned, because the expert testified he experienced explained nothing of the kind and experienced advised Mr Dunbar his leg was improving upon and would continue on to do so with physiotherapy.
Ms Manuell also reminded the jury that Mr Dunbar and Ms Darcy had with each other picked up the cylinder of helium fuel she allegedly purchased to destroy him.
The Supagas attendant testified she asked Mr Dunbar what or who it was for and he replied “Me”, she informed the jury.
He explained to Supagas personnel it was for a occasion, Ms Manuell explained, but there is no proof these kinds of a collecting was prepared for that weekend.
“Had he been tricked into imagining there would be a social gathering at Pandora that weekend where by plenty and plenty of balloons would will need to be blown up?” she explained.
The demo carries on.