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Walcha farmer’s alleged killer faces court

A woman charged with murdering her partner allegedly made multiple internet searches on concealing crime just days before his death.

Police allege Natahsa Beth Darcy searched ‘murder by injection’, ‘the science of getting away with murder’, ’99 undetectable poisons’ as well as various methods of ‘suicide’ in the days before the death of her partner, Walcha farmer Mathew Dunbar.

Mr Dunbar died on August 2, but Ms Darcy, who was once known as Natasha Darcy Crossman, was arrested three months later. She has been behind bars ever since. 

Natasha Beth Darcy (right) has been charged with the murder of her partner Mathew Dunbar

In Tamworth Local Court this week, solicitor for the Director of Public Prosecutions Cameron Reynolds said investigators had served a ‘voluminous brief’.

As part of their case, police allege that in the nine days prior to Mr Dunbar’s death, Ms Darcy searched various terms relating to murder as well as methods of suicide.

Police also alleged that many of these searches related to methods of causing death that are undetectable, and were allegedly deleted from her phone, but were recovered by police.

‘It’s in the order of 7,000 pages,’ he said, asking for further time to obtain more specialist material,’  the Northern Leader reported.

‘A pathologists report … some expert reports in relation to toxicology.’

Magistrate Julie Soars refused bail and granted the application for an adjournment ordering the case back to court in March.

The couple celebrating Christmas in happier times

The couple celebrating Christmas in happier times

Police claim Ms Darcy continued to live at her deceased partner's property until her arrest

Police claim Ms Darcy continued to live at her deceased partner’s property until her arrest

The court was told that police will allege Darcy placed drugs and animal sedatives into his food and drink to sedate him before allegedly placing a plastic bag over his head and turning a tank of helium on, attached to the bag via a hose.

 At least five prescribed drugs in Mathew Dunbar's system, according to toxicology reports

 At least five prescribed drugs in Mathew Dunbar’s system, according to toxicology reports

 
Mr Dunbar had at least five prescribed drugs in his system, according to toxicology reports, police claim, and that Ms Darcy’s DNA, as well as that of Mr Dunbar’s was allegedly found on the bag around his neck.

Ms Darcy allegedly told friends she found her partner dead after he had taken his own life, and had remained living at the property until her arrest. 

She will face court again in March.

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