Christina Noudga, who is charged with being an accessory after the fact in the 2013 slaying of Tim Bosma, smiled as she left a Hamilton courtroom Friday, after being released on $100,000 bail.
The 22-year-old woman from Etobicoke, Ont., will be required to wear an ankle bracelet that will track her movements, and she will be under house arrest. Noudga will be allowed outside her home to go to work or to attend school. Her parents have agreed to be responsible for the $100,000 bail amount if she defaults.
Outside the courthouse Friday afternoon, Noudga did not speak with reporters. She walked briskly to her family's van a block away, smiling at times, linked arm-in-arm with her mother with an ankle monitor tucked under her skinny jeans on her left leg.
Her lawyer, Paul Mergler, thanked the judge for granting Noudga bail and said his client hopes to resume her studies at Toronto's York University before her trial.
“She’s grateful that this phase of the ordeal is over and hopes to return to some degree of normalcy — not that there’s a lot of normalcy in a situation like this," said Mergler.
The details of her bail hearing, as well as the name of her parents who are listed as her sureties, cannot be released due to a publication ban.
Bosma's remains were found charred beyond recognition on a Waterloo farm owned by Dellen Millard days after he left his Ancaster, Ont., home on May 6, 2013, to take two men on a test drive of a truck he was trying to sell online.
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Millard, 28, of Etobicoke, and Mark Smich, 26, of Oakville, have both been charged with first-degree murder in Bosma's slaying.
Last week, Noudga's bail hearing continued for three consecutive days, the details of which are under a publication ban.
Noudga's parents were at all of last week's bail hearing proceedings. Noticeably absent, at the request of the Crown, was Bosma's widow, Sharlene, who has attended nearly every court appearance related to her husband's slaying.
Bosma's truck found in Kleinburg, Ont.
The truck Bosma was trying to sell was found at Millard's mother's home in Kleinburg, Ont.
Millard has also been charged in the death of a missing Toronto woman, Laura Babcock, 23, and his father, Wayne — both of whom police believe were killed in 2012.
Smich has also been charged in the killing of Babcock, who went missing in the summer of 2012, and whose remains have never been found.
In a previous interview, Crown prosecutor Anthony Leitch said the charge against Noudga relates to an allegation that she tried to help Millard "escape" on May 9, 2013. Police have said she was dating Millard at the time of the alleged offence.
He would not elaborate as to what was meant by escape, or from whom.
Police had at one time speculated there was a third person involved in Bosma’s abduction and slaying, but Leitch said Noudga likely had no part in it.