“I’m not really a wills person,” Natasha Beth Darcy tells detectives in an interview room, three days after the death of her partner, farmer Mathew Dunbar.
"I'm not really a wills person," Natasha Beth Darcy tells detectives in an interview room, three days after the death of her partner, farmer Mathew Dunbar.
"I don't have a will myself; I don't like talking about death," Ms Darcy says when police ask her if she knows anything about Mr Dunbar's will.
Ms Darcy, 46, stands accused of murdering Mr Dunbar on his multi-million dollar sheep farm at Walcha in 2017, after she pressured him into making her the sole beneficiary of his estate.
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During her trial a NSW Supreme Court jury has heard from Mr Dunbar's closest friend - Lance Partridge - who overheard the farmer telling Ms Darcy he had left her his entire estate.
The court has also heard her DNA was found on a copy of the will and that Mr Dunbar had sent her a text which read, "Rang solicitor and organised will change...I love you so much beautiful."
But Ms Darcy denied knowing she stood to inherit everything when questioned by police.
"Matt and I never talked about it...I suppose death frightens me a little bit."
Today Crown prosecutor Brett Hatfield argued this was one of the many "brazen lies" Ms Darcy told in order to conceal the fact she'd murdered Mr Dunbar, eight months after moving in with him.
"Death didn't frighten her; she was quite obsessed with it…obsessed with it since February 2017," Mr Hatfield said, referring to the time he alleges she began Googling ways to kill him.
"She's painting a completely false picture to police," he said.
In his closing address to the jury, Mr Hatfield also talked about three missing items from 'Pandora' where Mr Dunbar had been found dead in his bedroom,
It's the Crown case Ms Darcy sedated him with a cocktail of drugs - including ram sedatives - before placing a plastic bag over his head secured with elastic. She's then accused of placing a piece of shower hose underneath which was connected to a tank of helium.
Ms Darcy - who has pleaded not guilty to murder – initially claimed Mr Dunbar took his own life but now maintains she "aided and abetted" his suicide.
Despite exhaustive and lengthy searches by police at the time, no one ever found the glass ampule which contained the ram sedative found in Mr Dunbar's system. Nor did they find the blue tip of the balloon gas regulator which was needed to disperse the helium.
Police were also unable to find a blister pack which had contained tablets of an antipsychotic drug known as Seroquel, which also showed up in Mr Dunbar's toxicology results.
But a bottle of the drug Clonidine - with 49 tablets missing - was "deliberately left", argued Mr Hatfield.
"We say that is of real significance. There would be no reason at all if the deceased had taken his own life [that he] would do that. No logical reason why he would dispose of some of those items in that way and not others," Mr Hatfield said.
"Someone has acted with deliberate consideration of what would be left and would be concealed…it was a staged scene to conceal the fact that this was a murder," he said.
Mr Hatfield's closing address is expected to continue on Monday.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/mathew-dunbar-murder-trial-walcha-nsw-crime-news/8911b1be-f226-458d-9463-ac1ac6011d9a