Sen­tenc­ing jus­tice de­liv­ers damn­ing ap­praisal

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - ALEXAN­DRIA UTTING alexan­[email protected]

JUS­TICE Ann Lyons has told John Chardon he had shown “no scin­tilla of re­morse” while jail­ing the Gold Coast mil­lion­aire for 15 years for the man­slaugh­ter of his wife Novy Chardon.

The mother-of-two, 34, dis­ap­peared from their Up­per Coomera man­sion on the night of Fe­bru­ary 6, 2013. Her body has never been found.

WIFE killer John Chardon did not show a “scin­tilla of re­morse” or re­spect for his wife Novy Chardon in life or death.

For years, he lied to her young chil­dren and told them their mother had aban­doned them, know­ing full well she loved them “fiercely” and he had vi­o­lently killed her.

The damn­ing as­sess­ments of the 72-year-old rapist, child-sex of­fender and killer were yes­ter­day made by Jus­tice Ann Lyons as she sen­tenced him to 15 years’ jail for the man­slaugh­ter of his 34year-old wife in 2013.

She said Chardon, who was con­victed by a jury on Mon­day, had com­mit­ted one of the most se­ri­ous cases of man­slaugh­ter in Queens­land and ac­cepted Novy had died a vi­o­lent death, de­spite her body hav­ing never been found.

“We will never know what hap­pened to Novy that night. You do – you’ve never con­fessed,” she said.

“We don’t know what hap­pened to her body. You do – you’ve never re­vealed (its) lo­ca­tion.

“You will have to live with the knowl­edge you killed the mother of your young chil­dren. Your two chil­dren now know what you did.

“They will have to live their lives know­ing ... that you killed her, dis­carded her and de­ceived them for more than six years through a web of lies.

“You showed no re­spect for her (Novy) when you spoke about her to oth­ers.

“You showed no re­spect for her in the fi­nal hours of her life. Over the last six years you showed no scin­tilla of re­morse.”

In an ex­plo­sive twist, no­to­ri­ous con­man Peter Foster, who had pre­vi­ously agreed to tes­tify against Chardon af­ter claim­ing he elicited a con­fes­sion from the man, sat in the back of the court dur­ing yes­ter­day’s sen­tenc­ing in the Supreme Court in Bris­bane.

He looked on as Jus­tice Lyons said even though a jury had found Chardon did not in­tend to kill his wife and acquitted him of mur­der, the court was “not bound to ac­cept the view most favourable” to the Gold Coast lu­bri­cant ty­coon.

She said while there was no di­rect foren­sic ev­i­dence link­ing Chardon to the killing, “there was sub­stan­tial cir­cum­stan­tial ev­i­dence the man had killed Novy”.

Jus­tice Lyons said it was clear Chardon dis­posed of Novy’s body and ev­i­dence.

“You then calmly went about your life. You ap­peared as nor­mal. In­deed, you were amaz­ingly calm,” she said.

“In fact, you propo­si­tioned Novy’s best friend that very (next) day, which re­veals so much about your char­ac­ter.

“You denigrated Novy at ev­ery avail­able op­por­tu­nity and led your chil­dren to be­lieve she had aban­doned them.

“I hope that some time in the fu­ture, Novy’s chil­dren read these sen­tenc­ing re­marks to cor­rect the record and know she did not aban­don them, she loved them fiercely.”

It took a Supreme Court jury more than nine hours to find Chardon not guilty of mur­der but guilty of man­slaugh­ter.

Chardon, who has con­sis­tently de­nied any in­volve­ment in the killing, ei­ther ac­ci­den­tal or in­ten­tional, will be eligible for pa­role af­ter 12 years.

But he is un­likely to be granted re­lease un­less he tells po­lice where he left Novy’s body and he will also be sub­ject to dan­ger­ous pris­oner leg­is­la­tion due to pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for sex of­fend­ing.

Homi­cide de­tec­tive In­spec­tor Damien Hansen yes­ter­day said out­side court the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was “far from over”.

“We will con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate and our aim is to find Novy’s body. There is still an ac­tive re­ward for Novy’s mur­der,” he said.

“We be­lieve he had as­sis­tance in dis­pos­ing of Novy.

“If those per­sons come for­ward, they have the abil­ity to ap­ply for in­dem­nity from prosecutio­n.”


Novy and John Chardon on their wedding day (top). Chardon was yes­ter­day sen­tenced to 15 years in jail for Novy’s death.

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