John Chardon found guilty of wife’s manslaughter

Gold Coast businessman John Chardon has been found not guilty of the murder of his wife but guilty of her manslaughter.

Chardon, 72, pleaded not guilty to killing wife Novy, who disappeared in February 2013 amid a bitter divorce battle.

Her body has never been found.


Chardon’s trial heard he was furious after receiving a letter from Novy’s lawyers about custody of their two children as she tried to finalise divorce proceedings.

The letter was received on the same day Novy disappeared.

The jury heard the couple wed in 2000 but the marriage began to fall apart in 2009 when Ms Chardon told friends her husband was having an affair.

They separated in 2012 but continued to live together while both dated other people.

The trial also heard John Chardon scared his wife so badly that she wet herself the night she went missing.

Chardon denies trying to hire hitmen to kill his wife in the years before her disappearance.

The jury retired on Friday to consider its verdict, returning this afternoon following nine hours of deliberations.

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