THE husband of missing Upper Coomera woman Novy Chardon has served the first night of his six year sentence for child sex offences.
A jury last month found millionaire businessman John Chardon guilty of raping his daughter’s friend.
The 67-year-old was sentenced to six years in jail in the Southport District Court on Friday, but he could be out within three years.
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The court heard Chardon first groped the then 14-year-old girl in 1998 before raping her and committing other sexual offences in 1999.
His wife Novy, 34, disappeared in February last year. The couple have two young children together and Mr Chardon took them on a business trip with him the day after she was reported missing.
When Mr Chardon was initially taken in for questioning, in relation to the sudden disappearance, his older daughter cared for the youngsters.
In March, the Queensland government offered a $250,000 reward for information after parts of a white ute, believed to be connected to her disappearance, were dug up in the backyard of a Mount Nathan home.
But investigators eventually left the site and no charges were laid.