The scorned wife of a cop embroiled in the ‘Outback Wrangler’ chopper crash has been fired from her senior position in the police force over a series of alleged offences including threatening to kill her husband’s mistress.
Former Senior Sergeant Sandi-Lee Mellon, 47, learned her husband, acting senior-sergeant Neil Mellon, had a two-year affair with her ex-beauty queen best friend, Narelle Jose, on August 25 last year.
She then allegedly went to Ms Jose’s house, threw a basketball trolley to the ground and yelled: ‘I’m going to f***ing kill you Narelle. Don’t worry, when you least f***ing expect it you c**t, I’ll get you.’
Earlier that day, police had raided her house and charged Mr Mellon with 32 offences in relation to the fatal helicopter crash in West Arnhem Land six months earlier, which killed reality TV star Chris ‘Willow’ Wilson.
His charges include attempting to pervert the course of justice, stealing, unlawfully accessing data as well as alleged destruction of evidence in a major crash investigation.
Now, Ms Mellon has lost her job as boss of the NT’s Water Police Unit amid her own alleged involvement in the aftermath of the crash.
She has been hit with six alleged disciplinary breaches relating sharing confidential information about the chopper crash and the alleged illegal possession of saltwater crocodile skulls.
Narelle Jose (left) is pictured with Sandi Mellon (right) at a Christmas function during their three-year friendship
Neil Mellon (pictured outside his home in Darwin) had a two-year affair with his wife’s best friend
Assistant Commissioner Bruce Porter issued Ms Mellon with a final ‘public interest dismissal’ notice on September 8 after she appealed against her termination in March, The Australian reported.
The first breach alleged Ms Mellon called her off-duty husband on February 28 and told him about the helicopter crash which had only been reported to police minutes earlier.
Following the call, Mr Mellon flew to the crash site with Outback Wrangler Matt Wright who owned the helicopter.
The disciplinary breach notice stated Mr Mellon was off-duty at the time, and had no reason to receive the information.
Mr Mellon, Wright, and pilot Michael Burbidge have each been charged with criminal offences in relation to the crash investigation.
They are yet to enter pleas, with their matters set for preliminary examination in Darwin Local Court in December.
Ms Mellon’s other breaches include allegedly failing to report her husband’s alleged possession of unsecured ammunition, prohibited weapons, fireworks, and saltwater crocodile skulls allegedly found at their home during the police raid in August.
Outback Wrangler Matt Wright, pictured with his wife Kaia, is due to face court in December
Matt Wright pictured arriving at Darwin Local Court in November amid charges over the helicopter crash investigation
It was also reported that Assistant Commissioner Porter said there was CCTV of the moment Ms Mellon allegedly entered Ms Jose’s property, threw a basketball trolley and threatened to kill her on August 25, 2021.
She then allegedly sent a text message to Ms Jose, which said: ‘Hey c**t you’re going to get yours don’t you worry.
‘Actually you should be worried.’
Daily Mail Australia previously revealed Ms Jose filed an apprehended violence order against Ms Mellon, but it was withdrawn for unknown reasons following a court mention on October 18.
In an affidavit, Ms Jose – who is married with two children – confessed that she and Mr Mellon started having an affair a year after they met through mutual friends.
‘Ms Mellon and I have been very close friends for three years,’ she said, in the affidavit.
‘Two years ago, Neil Mellon and I started having an affair. Neil Mellon is Ms Mellon’s husband.’
In her appeal against her dismissal from the police force, Ms Mellon argued that she was under ‘immense stress’ following her husband’s arrest and finding out about his affair.
Chris ‘Willow’ Wilson (pictured) was a fearless crocodile egg collector on Netflix show, Outback Wrangler
Pictured: The scene of a helicopter crash that killed Chris Wilson in February 2021
Mr Porter accepted there were stress factors in her life but said it did not diminish the seriousness of her alleged conduct.
He said the dismissal involved a ‘high standard of proof’, but that he believed it was also in the public interest to terminate her employment.
Ms Mellon described her dismissal to The Australian as a ‘witch hunt’, partly because she served the police force for 28 years and her record was otherwise untarnished.
She denied knowledge of the ammunition, prohibited weapons, fireworks or crocodile skulls, and said it was ‘misogynistic’ to assume she would have seen the ammunition because it was next to the washing machine.
She made a formal complaint in October against the police executive and accused them of bullying and failing to support her mental health.
‘I am being punished for daring to speak up against the executive and make a formal complaint,’ she said.
Ms Mellon’s criminal charges will be mentioned in Darwin Local Court on September 28.
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