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‘Greedy, narcissistic, evil’: Man tells court it’s a puzzle why his wife tried to murder him

Mrs Yarnton would later claim she was in bushland at the time going to the toilet.

Guilty of attempted murder: Sharon Yarnton pictured in 2017.

Guilty of attempted murder: Sharon Yarnton pictured in 2017.Credit:Kate Geraghty

In July, she was found guilty by a NSW District Court jury of attempted murder. Three accomplices – Monique Hayes, Fady Houda and Anthony Mouhtaris – were found guilty of the same charge.

On Friday, Mr Yarnton told a sentencing hearing his marriage was “toxic” and he had told his wife he wanted to leave her. He said she insisted they go out to get a drink that night, and repeatedly played Pink’s song Blow Me (One Last Kiss).

“Why did you try to murder me? It’s still a puzzle,” Mr Yarnton said.

“I don’t know if you’re greedy, narcissistic, evil, a liar, a thief, or simply just a horrible human being.”

Mr Yarnton said only his former wife knows why she did it, and hopefully she has plenty of time to think about it in jail. He repeatedly told her, “shame on you”.

“You were never going to get away with this, Sharon,” he said. “You always said karma would get me. I know karma got the right person.”

Addressing Mrs Yarnton’s accomplices, Mr Yarnton said they were “manipulated” by her and asked if they thought about the effects on their own families.

Mr Yarnton said it is “beyond belief” that his former wife continues to claim her innocence and has shown no remorse, even shouting abuse at him from the dock when she was found guilty.

“I hope I’m the last thing on your mind every night while you’re about to go to sleep,” he said. “Just know this Sharon, you won’t be part of my thoughts any more.”

Sharon Yarnton buying a beer at Merrylands Bowling Club on January 31, 2015.

Sharon Yarnton buying a beer at Merrylands Bowling Club on January 31, 2015.

A Crown prosecutor handed Judge Jane Culver a statement of proposed facts, but Mrs Yarnton’s barrister Meredith Phelps said several key areas remain in dispute.

Ms Phelps said there is not enough evidence to conclude her client put a sedative in her husband’s beer, pointing out he drank “a lot of beer” that day and footage appeared to show him slumping before he drank from the glass in question.

Sentencing proceedings will continue in February.

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