Estranged couple John and Sharon Edwards and (at right) Billy Mills speaks outside Coffs Harbour court on Monday morning.
Estranged couple John and Sharon Edwards and (at right) Billy Mills speaks outside Coffs Harbour court on Monday morning.

Sharon Edwards' heartbroken lover speaks about her murder

HE'S waited almost five years for justice to be done, so a few more days makes little difference to Billy Mills.

He was speaking to the media after the sentencing hearing for the man found guilty of murdering Sharon Edwards - the woman he was hoping to spend the rest of his life with - was adjourned.

It will continue on Wednesday at 9.30am before Justice Robert Hulme.

A four-week trial at Coffs Courthouse wrapped up last month with a jury finding John Wallace Edwards guilty of murdering his estranged wife Sharon Edwards, a 55-year-old Coutts Crossing Public School teacher.

Ms Edwards wanted to leave her 34-year marriage to John Edwards and retire with Mr Mills in Forster.

"I knew who did it, I always did. I'm just happy it's almost over," Mr Mills said outside court on Monday morning.

"I'll get my closure but it's more about the family."

The estranged couple had three sons Joshua, Zac and Eli who all gave evidence throughout their father's trial.

 

Three sons Josh, Zac and Eli with their father John Edwards who was found guilty of murdering their mother Sharon Edwards. They were at a press conference back in 2015 calling for information about Sharon’s disappearance. John has always maintained his innocence. Photo: Leigh Jensen / Daily ExaminerApril 1, 2015
Three sons Josh, Zac and Eli with their father John Edwards who was found guilty of murdering their mother Sharon Edwards. They were at a press conference back in 2015 calling for information about Sharon’s disappearance. John has always maintained his innocence. Photo: Leigh Jensen / Daily ExaminerApril 1, 2015

Other than her murderer, Mr Mills was the last person to see Sharon alive after they spent a night out together at a South Grafton pub on March 15, 2015.

They returned to the Edwards' Riverdale Court home where they found Mr Edwards' car parked inside the garage.

Justice Hulme spoke of this detail at the sentencing hearing this morning, noting that Mr Edwards would normally park his car out on the street and not inside the garage.

"It does seem consistent with somebody contemplating a need to put something in the ute without the prying eyes of neighbours seeing," Justice Hulme said.

 

Police dogs search a dam in connection to the disappearance of Sharon Edwards. Her body has never been found.
Police dogs search a dam in connection to the disappearance of Sharon Edwards. Her body has never been found.

There was also discussion about why the curtains were drawn on the night and the possibility this was also to do with keeping "prying eyes" out.

"There is only one person who could have given evidence about that and he chose not to," Justice Hulme said.

Mr Edwards did not take the stand to give evidence during the trial.

Justice Hulme said he needed more time to consider the matter.

"I know it's difficult at this time of year but I need time and I don't want to rush it."


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