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Natasha Darcy ‘exploited’ farmer’s depression to make murder ‘look like suicide’, court told

Mr. Hatfield pointed to previous incidents with Mrs. Darcy’s ex-husband, Colin Crossman, as evidence that she had a “tendency” to act with the intent of seriously harming a domestic partner for financial gain, including through use of sedatives.

He said that one evening in January 2009, Mrs. Darcy “asked Mr. Crossman how hard someone would have to be beaten near the temple to cause damage,” and at 4 a.m. to him with a hammer nearby. of the temple. .

At first, she led her then-husband and investigators to believe the attack was carried out by an intruder, but later admitted she did it, Hatfield said.

Three days after the hammer incident, she served Mr Crossman a meal of tacos while he was watching cricket – the last thing he remembered before waking from a stupefied sleep and his bedroom on fire.

At 4 a.m., Mr. Hatfield said, Mrs. Darcy had poured gasoline on the bedroom floor where Mr. Crossman slept and set it on fire before running out of the house with her son to a neighbor for help. call.

“Luckily Mr Crossman was inside” when the neighbor ran to the front door, Mr Hatfield said, and “he was helped outside”.

According to agreed-upon facts presented to the court, a little over a month earlier, Ms. Darcy had applied for a life insurance policy worth $ 700,000 to be paid to her after Mr. Crossman’s death.

On March 23, 2012, she pleaded guilty to intentionally or recklessly causing damage by fire. She was convicted of that crime, and the additional offense of ordinary assault was considered.

Hatfield said the jury could use the evidence from these previous incidents to determine whether Ms. Darcy had a “tendency” to “act with the intent of causing serious harm to her domestic partner” and to do so with intent to gain a financial or other advantage for herself”.

Ms. Darcy’s attorney Janet Manuell, SC, will begin her closing address on Tuesday.

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