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Natasha Beth Darcy who killed Mathew Dunbar was inspired by TV sitcom Frasier in courtroom ploy

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The woman who killed her boyfriend by drugging and gassing him reportedly tried to pay a friend to lie for her after she was allegedly given the idea of ​​a popular American TV sitcom.

Natasha Beth Darcy fed Mathew Dunbar a sedative milkshake before gassing him at his Pandora property in August 2017. She would inherit his $3.5 million property as the sole beneficiary.

She was found guilty of murder in June after a lengthy trial.

At the trial, she is alleged to have offered a high school friend $20,000 to lie in court after being inspired by an episode of the 1990s comedy Frasier.

Prosecutor Brett Hatfield claimed Darcy had been planning the murder for some time, citing hundreds of Google searches for methods of death, starting with poisonous spiders and fungi.

Natasha Beth Darcy, 46, has been found guilty of the murder of Mathew Dunbar after the 42-year-old sheep farmer was found dead on 2 August 2017 at his home near Walcha, in northern New South Wales.

Natasha Beth Darcy, 46, has been found guilty of the murder of Mathew Dunbar after the 42-year-old sheep farmer was found dead on 2 August 2017 at his home near Walcha, in northern New South Wales.

The court was told that after Mr Dunbar’s death, Darcy sent a series of letters to a friend, offering her $20,000 to tell lies about him that would aid her in any murder trial.

“I was watching an episode of Frasier when Niles needed him to lie in court and say he didn’t know Niles was in love with Daphne,” she wrote in a letter in 2020. Nine news.

“It got me thinking, if I could just ask someone to say that Mathew might have told them a few or more days before he died that he wanted to kill himself.”

Darcy now faces two charges of plotting to distort the course of justice, which could earn her an additional 25 years in prison.

She had claimed it was assisted suicide and that Dunbar, 42, was depressed about his sexuality and had talked about suicide.

Darcy pleaded not guilty to the murder charges, but was convicted and will be sentenced in October.

During the trial, Jane Vuletic, the forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy on Mr Dunbar, said he died of asphyxiation from a plastic bag filled with helium around his head, plus the toxicity of mixed drugs.

Prosecutor Brett Hatfield claimed Darcy had planned the murder for some time, citing hundreds of Google searches for methods of death, starting with poisonous spiders and fungi that began in February 2017.

Darcy, the sole beneficiary of Dunbar's estate (pictured), googled redback spiders and mushrooms six months before his death

Darcy, the sole beneficiary of Dunbar’s estate (pictured), googled redback spiders and mushrooms six months before his death

Letters Natasha Darcy wrote from prison revealed she allegedly offered an old friend $20,000 to lie in court after seeing Niles ask Frasier to do the same on an episode of Frasier

Letters Natasha Darcy wrote from prison revealed she allegedly offered an old friend $20,000 to lie in court after seeing Niles ask Frasier to do the same on an episode of Frasier

He said she sedated her partner with a Nutribullet to mix a cocktail of sedatives, before bringing a gas tank into his room and gassing him in his bed.

Darcy also admitted to scouring the police undercover for acepromazine and clonidine – another of the drugs found in Dunbar’s blood – after he died.

Agreed facts filed in the case state that in 2009, Darcy hit her husband, Colin Crossman, on the head with a hammer while he was sleeping.

Three days later, when he was asleep again, she took a can of gas from the garage, poured it on the bedroom floor and lit it.

She had previously fed him a meal of tacos, and samples later revealed that he had sedatives in his system.

Image presented as proof shows a NutriBullet cup in the dishwasher at Mathew Dunbar's Pandora property

Image presented as proof shows a NutriBullet cup in the dishwasher at Mathew Dunbar’s Pandora property

Darcy (pictured) accidentally revealed to an undercover cop that she knew of one of the sedatives contained in Mr Dunbar's corpse

Darcy (pictured) accidentally revealed to an undercover cop that she knew of one of the sedatives contained in Mr Dunbar’s corpse

The previous month, she had taken out a life insurance policy that paid her $700,000 upon Mr. Crossman’s death.

Darcy claimed that Mr Dunbar took his own life because he was depressed about his sexuality and a serious leg infection, the Brisbane Times reported.

She had called Triple 0 after claiming she found her partner dead in his bed.

Prosecutor Brett Hatfield claimed Darcy had planned the murder for some time, citing hundreds of Google searches for methods of death, starting with poisonous spiders and fungi that began in February 2017.

Some of Darcy’s Google searches include “how to commit a murder” and “can the police see websites you visit on your mobile.”

The mother had also performed two ‘dry runs’ on Mr Dunbar to test the effects of drugs.

The court heard that Darcy had been spreading lies about Mr Dunbar’s mental health problems to friends and family, telling them he was gay.

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