Messy love life of Outback Wrangler cop laid bare over NT chopper death, West Arnhem Land

EXCLUSIVE: Messy love life of Outback Wrangler cop is laid bare: Wife learned of two-year affair with her beauty queen best friend on the day he was charged over chopper death

  • Neil Mellon arrested on August 25 accused of tampering with crash investigation
  • His house was raided and wife learned he had a two-year affair – on the same day
  • Affair was with his wife Sandi Mellon’s best friend, ex-beauty queen Narelle Jose
  • Ms Jose, a married mum-of-two, took a restraining order out against Ms Mellon
  • Chris ‘Willow’ Wilson died in a helicopter crash in a remote outback swamp
  • Outback Wrangler star Matt Wright also accused of interfering with investigation
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A senior cop hit with 32 charges over the ‘Outback Wrangler’ chopper crash is at the centre of a messy break-up after his wife revealed on social media that he was having an affair with her ex-beauty queen best friend.

Neil Mellon – an acting senior-sergeant – is accused of interfering with the helicopter crash in the Northern Territory that killed reality TV star Chris ‘Willow’ Wilson and seriously injured pilot Sebastian Robinson in February.

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

But adding to Mr Mellon’s woes, an affidavit filed in Darwin court on September 1 -seen by Daily Mail Australia – stated his wife Sandi-Lee Mellon found out he had been ‘having an affair’ with her best friend Narelle Jose for two years.

Narelle Jose is pictured with Sandi Mellon at a Christmas function during their three-year friendship

Narelle Jose is pictured with Sandi Mellon at a Christmas function during their three-year friendship

NT Police Acting Senior Sergeant Neil Mellon, 47 (pictured), was arrested after walking into work at Darwin Police Station in August and accused of interfering with the helicopter crash investigation

NT Police Acting Senior Sergeant Neil Mellon, 47 (pictured), was arrested after walking into work at Darwin Police Station in August and accused of interfering with the helicopter crash investigation

Ms Mellon, who used to work as a police officer with her husband, learned about the affair on the same day her husband was slapped with multiple criminal offences and her house was raided by their police officer colleagues.

The affidavit was part of an apprehended violence order filed against Ms Mellon by Ms Jose, but was withdrawn for unknown reasons following a court mention on October 18.

On September 2,  Ms Mellon took to Facebook in a scathing post about Ms Jose above a photo of the former best friends wearing matching Christmas shirts, reindeer headbands and holding glasses of white wine.

‘See this woman here, she is my best friend – we did everything together, we have been on lots (of) holiday and camping trips as a family,’ she wrote.

‘Been joined at the hip for three years and I just found out that she has been screwing my husband for two of those.’ 

Narelle Jose (pictured in Darwin on Wednesday) took a restraining order out against her former best friend, Sandi Mellon

Narelle Jose (pictured in Darwin on Wednesday) took a restraining order out against her former best friend, Sandi Mellon

A day after Ms Mellon's house was raided, her husband was charged and she found out her husband had an affair with her best friend, she told all her friends about it on Facebook (pictured)

A day after Ms Mellon’s house was raided, her husband was charged and she found out her husband had an affair with her best friend, she told all her friends about it on Facebook (pictured)

Six days later, Ms Jose filed the restraining order against Ms Mellon.

In the affidavit, Ms Jose 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.’

Ms Jose and her husband did not want to comment when approached by Daily Mail Australia.

Mr Mellon would only confirm that he is no longer living with his wife. 

Happier times: Narelle Jose (top left) is pictured having dinner with her husband (bottom left), Sandi Mellon (top right) and Neil Mellon (bottom right) in June 2020

Happier times: Narelle Jose (top left) is pictured having dinner with her husband (bottom left), Sandi Mellon (top right) and Neil Mellon (bottom right) in June 2020

Narelle Jose used to be a model. She was almost crowned Miss Australia in 2005, and once featured on the cover of Inside Sport magazine (pictured)

Narelle Jose used to be a model. She was almost crowned Miss Australia in 2005, and once featured on the cover of Inside Sport magazine (pictured)

But Ms Mellon told Daily Mail Australia how she had been betrayed by former friend in the worst possible way.

‘Our friendship went from zero to 100 very quickly and we were spending every weekend, every holiday, family birthdays, everything [together].

In a series of social media posts, the pair could be seen enjoying a trip to Bali together. 

Photos from the holiday showed the mother and her friends soaking up the sunshine in a pool, enjoying meals together and also visiting families in local villages to drop off food and toiletries.

Narelle Jose is pictured in Darwin

Neil Mellon is pictured mowing the lawn in Darwin

Narelle Jose is pictured left, and Neil Mellon is pictured right. They had an affair for two years

Ms Jose is married with two children, and is a former beauty queen who was among the top three contestants for Miss Australia in 2005.

She once graced the cover of Inside Sport in a bikini, and in an interview said she gave up a potential career in sport to become a model. 

Ms Mellon has worked as a police officer for 26 years and appeared in a video in March this year about women who work in Darwin’s water police division.

Neil Mellon was charged with a string of offences including attempting to pervert the course of justice, stealing and unlawfully accessing data

Neil Mellon was charged with a string of offences including attempting to pervert the course of justice, stealing and unlawfully accessing data

Her husband was charged over the helicopter crash while walking into work at Darwin police station on August 25. 

Police also allegedly found illegal fireworks and weapons that were not stored correctly during a raid on the family home.

Mr Wilson was harnessed 30m from a helicopter on February 28, collecting crocodile eggs in West Arnhem Land when the aircraft crashed. 

The 34-year-old father-of-two was killed in the accident. The pilot, Sebastian Robinson, 28, suffered critical injuries in the crash but survived.

It has widely been alleged that Mr Mellon was off-duty when he flew with Outback Wrangler star Matt Wright and two others to the scene of the accident in another helicopter to retrieve the body before emergency services arrived. 

On Wednesday, Mr Mellon claimed to Daily Mail Australia – while holding on to a whipper snipper in his front yard in Darwin on Wednesday – that those reports were untrue.

 ‘You need to do your research because I never went back there,’ Mr Mellon claimed.

Mellon was slapped with cuffs while walking into work at Darwin Police Station in August following a six-month police investigation into the crash (pictured)

Mellon was slapped with cuffs while walking into work at Darwin Police Station in August following a six-month police investigation into the crash (pictured)

The cop was suspended without pay after he was charged, and has been keeping a low profile amid the intense spotlight surrounding the case.

‘I’ve been working and just keeping busy,’ he said, holding the whipper snipper and its rotating blades in the air.

Mellon said he knew reality TV star Matt Wright was in court earlier on Wednesday, but had not been watching the news.

‘It’s not my business,’ he said.

His matter will be mentioned in Darwin Local Court on December 7. 

Wright was on Tuesday charged with seven offences relating to the chopper crash, including attempting to pervert the course of justice, destroying evidence, and fabricating evidence.

'Matt Wright strenuously denied these charges,' said his lawyer David Newey. He is pictured arriving at Darwin Local Court on Tuesday

‘Matt Wright strenuously denied these charges,’ said his lawyer David Newey. He is pictured arriving at Darwin Local Court on Tuesday

He appeared in Darwin Local Court on Wednesday where he was granted bail. His matter will be mentioned again on January 25.

The reality TV star ‘strenuously’ denies the charges and his lawyer gave a statement on his behalf after the hearing on Wednesday. 

Mr Wilson was harnessed 30m from a helicopter on February 28, collecting crocodile eggs in West Arnhem Land when the aircraft crashed in February.

The 34-year-old father-of-two was killed in the accident. The pilot, Sebastian Robinson, 28, suffered critical injuries in the crash but survived.

Outback Wrangler is a hit adventure television series filmed in remote Top End locations that airs in more than 90 countries. 

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