A Gold Coast man accused of murdering his wife allegedly cleaned her bedroom carpet and propositioned one of her friends in the hours after her last known contact with anyone.
Mother of two Novy Chardon last spoke to some of her friends on the night of February 6, 2013.
She and her husband were in the middle of a divorce and she’d instructed her lawyer to send him a letter that afternoon relating to their split.
Two days after she was last seen, John William Chardon allegedly told one of Novy’s friends she had packed up and left, wanted 50 per cent of everything and had lied to her lawyer about what she was entitled to.
The woman reported Mrs Chardon missing the next day. Her body has never been found.
Chardon pleaded not guilty to his wife’s murder on Thursday in the Brisbane Supreme Court.
His barrister, Tony Kimmins, labelled him a philanderer, arrogant, obnoxious, stubborn and someone who was vulgar, uncouth and rude.
“But that doesn’t prove a person is a murderer,” he said.
Trial prosecutor Mark Green told the jury friends had tried to contact Mrs Chardon on February 7 but didn’t get a response.
One of them, Frederika Wong, went to the Chardon family home in Upper Coomera when Mrs Chardon didn’t answer her calls.
She noticed the carpet in her bedroom was wet underfoot and that a runner was missing.
Chardon told her he had cleaned it that morning with a hired machine, Mr Green said.
He then propositioned Ms Wong.
Mrs Chardon was raised in the port city of Surabaya on the Indonesian island of Java. She met Chardon around the year 2000.
She would often return to her family’s home and kept in close contact with her mother.
Her marriage began to break down and Mrs Chardon told friends in 2009 the couple were having problems.
They separated in 2012 but stayed under the same roof with their two young children while having affairs.
In the months before Mrs Chardon was last seen, a man employed by Chardon at his Loganholme business came across a box with his name handwritten on it.
He recognised his boss’ writing and found a gun and loose ammunition inside.
On the night Mrs Chardon returned home from a dinner with Ms Wong, Chardon drove to his Loganholme factory where he spent 80 seconds inside before leaving again.
Mr Green told the court Chardon could not explain to police why.
Another employee was asked to collect a box from one of Chardon’s adult daughters and take it to the home of another.
She was told the box contained gun parts and handcuffs.
The trial continues.