Novy knew of dan­ger

Court hears wife feared Chardon

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - VANDA CARSON

MIL­LION­AIRE busi­ness­man John Chardon wanted to kill his wife for two years be­fore he fi­nally snapped, a court has heard.

Con­man-turned-po­lice su­per­grass Peter Foster told the Brisbane Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day Novy Chardon, who was 34 when she dis­ap­peared in 2013, knew her hus­band John wanted her dead.

“Novy had said to (a friend) Deb­bie two years ago that if he kills me while we are in Amer­ica ... if I’m found float­ing with a knife in my back down the river, it wasn’t sui­cide,” Foster told Mag­is­trate Penny Hay on his third day in the wit­ness box.

Chardon has been charged with Novy’s mur­der and is fac­ing a com­mit­tal hear­ing. Her body has never been found.

Foster claims that when they shared a cell in Wol­ston prison for six weeks in 2015, Chardon con­fessed to shoot­ing the mother-of-two in the back of the head, us­ing a makeshift si­lencer fash­ioned from a Kirks lime cor­dial bot­tle


then dump­ing her body in the Gold Coast Se­away so it would be eaten by fish.

Foster claims Chardon killed Novy af­ter her di­vorce lawyer or­dered him to get out of the mar­i­tal home at Coomera. They were sep­a­rated but were still liv­ing un­der the same roof, the court heard.

Foster al­leged Chardon be­lieved Novy, who he called a “whore”, didn’t de­serve a cent of his mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar for­tune made in in­dus­trial lu­bri­cants.

Foster told Mag­is­trate Hay that Chardon “de­cided he had to kill” Novy af­ter they had a big fight at a res­tau­rant dur­ing a Mother’s Day cel­e­bra­tion in the US two years ear­lier.

He claims Chardon re­peat­edly boasted how smart he was, and said he wore dis­pos­able over­alls and used am­mo­nia to clean up af­ter the killing.

A po­lice foren­sics of­fi­cer told the court she didn’t de­tect any sig­nif­i­cant “blood let­ting event” when she ex­am­ined Chardon’s home, and only a choco­late box in the garbage had blood on it.

Foster read aloud to the court the co­pi­ous notes he wrote in his book while shar­ing a cell with Chardon and tes­ti­fied that he be­lieves Chardon “is very danger­ous”.

“I think he killed his wife and, play­ing Sher­lock Holmes, I think he killed his first wife as well,” Foster told the court.

Chardon’s ex died from an over­dose of sleep­ing pills, Foster claimed.

But un­der cross-ex­am­i­na­tion by Chardon’s bar­ris­ter Tony Kim­mins, Foster con­ceded that his note­book did not con­tain much about the sen­sa­tional con­fes­sion he al­leges Chardon made on March 31, 2015.

The al­leged con­fes­sion oc­curred a day be­fore a top-se­cret po­lice bug­ging de­vice was turned on inside the cell shared by the pair.

Ac­cused killer John Chardon lis­tened to tes­ti­mony yes­ter­day he had boasted how smart he was in clean­ing the crime scene.

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