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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 murdered her boyfriend by sedating and gassing him allegedly tried to pay a friend to lie for her after allegedly getting the idea from a popular American TV sitcom.

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

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

During the trial she allegedly offered a high school friend $20,000 to lie in court after becoming inspired by an episode of the 1990s comedy Frasier.

Prosecutor Brett Hatfield alleged Darcy planned the murder for some time, citing hundreds of Google searches on death methods starting with poisonous spiders and fungi

Prosecutor Brett Hatfield alleged Darcy planned the murder for some time, citing hundreds of Google searches on death methods starting with poisonous spiders and fungi 

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

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

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

‘I was watching 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,’ she wrote in a letter in 2020, according to Nine News.

‘It got me thinking, if only I could ask somebody to say that Mathew told them he was planning his suicide maybe a few or several days before he passed.’ 

Darcy now faces two counts of intending to pervert the course of justice, which could earn her an extra 25 years in jail.

She had claimed it was an assisted suicide and that Dunbar, 42, had been depressed over his sexuality and had talked of suicide. 

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

At the trial Jane Vuletic, the forensic pathologist who conducted the post-mortem on Mr Dunbar, said he died from asphyxiation as a result of a plastic bag around his head that was filled with helium, plus mixed drug toxicity.

Prosecutor Brett Hatfield alleged Darcy planned the murder for some time, citing hundreds of Google searches on death methods starting with poisonous spiders and fungi which started back in February, 2017.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Agreed facts tendered in the case state that in 2009, Darcy hit her husband, Colin Crossman, on the head with a hammer as he slept.

Three days later when he was again asleep she took a tin of petrol from the garage and poured it on the bedroom floor and set it alight.

She had earlier given him a meal of tacos and samples later showed he had sedatives in his system.

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

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

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

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

The previous month, she had taken out a life insurance policy which paid $700,000 to her on the death of Mr Crossman.

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

She’d phoned triple 0 after claiming she found her partner dead in his bed.

Prosecutor Brett Hatfield alleged Darcy planned the murder for some time, citing hundreds of Google searches on death methods starting with poisonous spiders and fungi which started back in February, 2017. 

Some of Darcy’s Google searches included ‘how to commit murder’ and ‘can police see websites you visit on your mobile’. 

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

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



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