Gold Coast businessman John Chardon has been sentenced to fifteen years behind bars for unlawfully killing his estranged wife Novy Chardon.
The 72-year-old was this week found not guilty of his wife’s murder, but instead guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.
A Brisbane Supreme Court jury announced the verdict on Monday, following a three-week trial.
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In sentencing today, Justice Ann Lyons told Chardon that he had deprived his children of their mother.
“Your two children will have to live their whole lives deprived of a mother. You killed her, discarded her and deceived them. I hope your children read these sentencing remarks and know their mother loved them,” Justice Lyon said.
Novy Chardon, 34, disappeared from the couple’s Gold Coast home on February 6, 2013 amid a bitter divorce battle.
The body of the mother-of-two has never been found.
During the trial, the court heard the pair had been living separated under the same roof and had both been having affairs.
It was also revealed that Novy had met with a divorce lawyer in the days before she went missing, with Mr Chardon receiving a letter about custody of their children on the day she vanished.
Chardon will be eligible for parole after twelve years if he reveals where Novy’s body is.