Two years before a Gold Coast mother was allegedly murdered by her husband, she told her neighbour to go to the police if she didn’t return from an overseas trip because he would have killed her.
The neighbour testified that at the trial of John William Chardon, 71, for the murder of his wife Novy Chardon.
Today in the Brisbane Supreme Court, Glenn Ronald Liscombe said Ms Chardon had once told him she feared her husband might kill her.
Two years before she was last seen on February 6, 2013 she had told him if she didn’t return from a trip to the United States it was probably because she had been murdered.
“She said that if she didn’t come back from an overseas trip, that John had probably killed her or organised for her to be killed and for me to go to the police if she didn’t come back, if I didn’t see her,” he said.
She didn’t ever raise that concern with him again after she returned from the trip.
Mr Liscombe said there were erratic scenes outside the family’s Upper Coomera home the day after Chardon told one if his wife’s friends that she had come home angry, packed her bags and vanished.
Chardon and his adult daughters were coming and going from the property, but his wife’s car wasn’t there, there court heard.
The 34-year-old’s body has never been found but she hasn’t left the country, seen a doctor or used her bank accounts since.
The couple had separated and Ms Chardon wanted out of their marriage for good.
Her friend, Kylie Marie Fryer, told the court the couple had argued over Christmas in 2012, marking the last straw for Ms Chardon who said she’d had enough.
“(She was) relieved that she was finally getting things sorted, but scared as to how (Chardon) was going to react,” she said.
Ms Fryer said her friend was concerned Chardon would leave her without any money and their two young children.
Neighbour Rachael Weiley said in the hours before her last known contact, Ms Chardon told during a school pickup that her she was pushing ahead with a divorce.
“She said ‘it’s all over, it’s all gone through today, the divorce is over and it’s just about the business now’,” Ms Weiley said.
That night she said Chardon arrived home and pulled into his driveway at speed, causing neighbours to look when he hit the top of the garage.
“After that there was cars there, when normally there isn’t,” she added.