An Australian woman who knocked out her wealthy boyfriend with a sedative milkshake before sucking helium into a plastic bag over his head has been sentenced to 40 years in prison by an Australian court.
Natasha Beth Darcy, 46, was found guilty of the 2017 murder of her partner Mathew Dunbar, which she tried to make look like a suicide.
Inspired by an episode of the hit sitcom Frasier, She devised a plan to cover up the murder. She gave a friend $14,000 in cash to say that her wealthy lover had talked about suicide.
That backfired when the previous friend submitted the letter to the authorities.
“I watched an episode of Frasier When Niles needed him to lie in court and say he didn’t know that Niles was in love with Daphne,” Darcy wrote to a friend in 2020 in a letter used during her sentencing hearing. “That got me thinking, if only I could get someone to say that Mathew told them he was planning to commit suicide maybe days or days before he passed away.”
Sentencing judge Julia Lonergan told Darcy that the earliest she could be paroled was 2047, for what she called “stupid, clumsy and ugly”. The judge who sentenced her ruled that the murder was staged so that she could inherit her boyfriend’s $2.4 million mansion after she coerced him to amend his will.
The judge also reminded Darcy that her sentence reflected her life as a serial domestic abuser who tried unsuccessfully to kill her previous husband. “I failed to realize that the offender was a person of good character as her criminal record included prison sentences for beating husband Colin Crossman with a hammer while he slept and setting their house on fire with intent. destination is recognized as obtainable. insurance payouts, fraud and multiple dishonest misappropriation of property by deception involving the unauthorized use of another man’s credit card with whom the offender has a family relationship ,” Longeran testified in court.
Darcy, who was on probation for hammering and arson when she met Dunbar online in 2014, also has an exceptional internet search history, which prosecutors in the trial said include phrases such as “spider venom”, “poisonous mushrooms”, “Stabbed in the brain”, “suicide poems”, “how to kill people”, and “if the police have your cell phone, they Can you view web pages? She also searched for “after suicide is a crime scene” and “how long do internet providers keep history,” the last sentence clearly helped her undo.
The judge said that Darcy’s waiting time was cold. “As time went on… emotional abuse and stealth attacks escalated into a more focused and easier method of getting the results she wanted,” the judge said at the hearing. bare on Monday. “The offender was callous and gullible in his pursuit to get rid of Mathew. Her lies and methods are stupid, clumsy, and evil, but sadly, Mathew succeeds in killing Mathew. However, they are not good enough to avoid detection. “
Darcy, who has never admitted to killing her boyfriend, insists he is depressed and has repeatedly threatened to kill himself because of his coming out as gay. Her attorney Janet Manuell admitted that her client’s actions were “suspicious” but they could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Darcy’s conviction was upheld by Australia’s highest court, and options for her doom have been exhausted.