There could be harmless explanations for Google lookups recorded on Natasha Darcy’s Apple iphone in the months right before she allegedly murdered her spouse Mathew Dunbar, her barrister has explained to a jury.
Ms Darcy, 46, has pleaded not guilty to drugging and gassing Mr Dunbar at his Pandora home on the outskirts of Walcha, NSW, in the early hours of August 2, 2017.
Prosecutors allege she invested months investigating how to kill the sheep farmer on her Apple iphone and a property laptop or computer, commencing with searches like “spider venom”, “identify mushroom” and “poisonous fungi australia” in advance of going to queries linked to drugs and demise, like “how quite a few tablets suicide” and “how to commit murder”.
Her defence barrister Janet Manuell SC explained to the NSW Supreme Courtroom on Tuesday that Ms Darcy experienced only been living at Mr Dunbar’s farm for a couple of months when the mushroom and spider lookups transpired in February and March 2017.
“Were there plenty of redback spiders all-around the property?” Ms Manuell explained. “Why would not Ms Darcy and (her spouse and children) want to know far more about what they had been looking at?
“What’s to say she wasn’t out in the residence a person day (with her loved ones), working with it to research for mushrooms or fungi they couldn’t take in, and these searches have been manufactured for that explanation?
“When’s mushroom time all over Walcha? There is no evidence of that.”
She explained to jurors that whilst items could at to start with search “suspicious”, they experienced to take into account if there have been other reasonable explanations.
Ms Darcy contends she assisted Mr Dunbar’s suicide. In a police job interview played to the jury, she explained he consistently searched items on her cellphone.
Ms Manuell explained there ended up quite a few web lookups associated to suicide on April 18, 2017.
The following working day, she instructed jurors, there was a look for for “how to prevent suicidal thoughts”.
“The problem we would request you is who tends to make a search for some thing like that?” she reported.
“You’d consider it was another person obtaining suicidal views who’d make a search like that.”
Ms Manuell painted a image of numerous pressures the defence suggests Mr Dunbar was less than at the time he died, together with money woes and an ongoing struggle with his “unclear sexual orientation”.
He had been diagnosed with “extremely extreme depression” in 2009, she said, and explained to a junior healthcare officer when admitted to clinic following a suicide danger on June 13, 2017, that he had a prepare to close his lifetime.
The upcoming working day, she explained, he informed psychiatrist Clive Stanton he had no this kind of strategy.
Dr Stanton testified Mr Dunbar did not have a considerable mental health issues and his despair was mostly reactive to Ms Darcy’s “emotional manipulation” of him.
Ms Manuell urged the jury to solution the psychiatrist’s proof with caution, saying he had fulfilled Mr Dunbar two times and been specified a history that was “at greatest patchy”.
“How a lot did Dr Stanton really know?” she explained.
Ms Manuell advised the court docket that Mr Dunbar’s father John had “ruled the roost” at Pandora, building all the economical choices, just before his loss of life in 2007.
She pointed out a pal Lance Partridge had testified Mr Dunbar was “shrewd” with income and did not like spending tax.
But, she mentioned, maybe he used way too a great deal on farm products and property renovations in contrast with how substantially Pandora was bringing in.
Ms Manuell reported Mr Dunbar’s taxable profits was recorded as $17,221 in 2011 and $ in every of the next 4 yrs.
“Either there was some particularly superior accounting taking place … or in point Pandora was not really doing all that well,” she stated.
He did not submit a tax return for 2016, she said, adding: “You could possibly believe that when you’re frustrated your individual administration goes disregarded.”
The demo proceeds.