SHARON YARNTON COURT
His estranged wife arranged for him to be burned to death in his ute, but Sydney prison officer Dean Yarnton says his life's great and it's time to move on after she was jailed for at least a decade.
Five years ago he woke up alone in the car to the sound of hissing from an open gas bottle and the smell of petrol, which just needed to be ignited for him to have suffered an agonising death.
"It still makes me shake my head to think how lucky I am to be alive," he said.
His then wife Sharon Yarnton, who was also a prison guard, is now on the other side of the bars after being jailed for 16 years and six months with a non-parole period of 10 years.
The highly decorated jail boss, now 53, was found guilty in July of trying to cause a fire or explosion with the intention of murdering Dean Yarnton at Picnic Point in Sydney's southwest in February 2015.
Her friend Monique Hayes, 28, Hayes' husband Fady Houda, 27, and their friend Anthony Mouhtaris, 25, also were found guilty of the plot.
Judge Jane Culver sentenced the plotters in the NSW District Court on Wednesday, jailing Hayes for six years and six months with a non-parole period of four years.
Houda and Mouhtaris were jailed for 11 years and six months, with a non-parole period of seven years and 10 months.
Speaking outside court, Mr Yarnton told reporters he was just happy it was all over but obviously felt very lucky to be alive.
"It is what it is, we will move on from here, it's done and dusted as far as I'm concerned."
Asked if he was still angry at his ex-wife, Mr Yarnton said the events happened five-and-a-half years ago and his attitude was it's all over and done.
"Why pine on it?" he asked, saying his life in the past few years had been great and he had no complaints.
Judge Culver found that Yarnton had put a substance in her estranged husband's beer when they went for a "last supper" with another couple at a bowling club .
But while the judge was "highly suspicious" it was a sedative to make him drowsy, she couldn't rule out the possibility Yarnton added salt or sugar as a "petty and vindicative act".
Yarnton drove the ute towards home while her husband slept in the passenger seat after drinking eight to 12 beers. before he woke alone to the sound of the gas bottle hissing.
Petrol was on the road all around the car as well as a lighter and Mr Yarnton saw another car leaving the isolated scene.
When he rang his wife, she said she was cleaning herself after going to the toilet in bushland.
Hayes was a conduit - particularly on the night via texts and messages - between Yarnton and the two male offenders who went to the scene with the gas bottles, the judge said.
Yarnton, who maintains her innocence, was motivated by retribution for the breakdown of the marriage and her husband's new relationship.
The judge referred to her sending a jumping dog emoji which seemed to indicate she "experienced a sense of glee or excitement at the thought her husband was about to be burned alive".
Her planning had involved falsely claiming her husband owed money to loan-sharks who were threatening him and borrowing money from the bank to pay for the murder.
Her three accomplices were motivated by money, but Hayes also believed her friend was being abused by her husband - claims Mr Yarnton denied at the trial.