Victoria Weir-Hales guilty of murdering Cristina Cline
27-year-old Dartmouth victim was stabbed multiple times
A 27-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the killing of a woman in a Dartmouth, N.S., park in November 2011.
Victoria Ann Weir-Hales entered her guilty plea over the death of Cristina Cline in Nova Scotia Supreme Court Friday morning, where she got an automatic life sentence with no parole eligibility for 15 years.
Cline's body was found in Shubie Park. The mother of three young children had been stabbed multiple times.
Dustin Hales, Weir-Hales's husband, is scheduled to go on trial for the same killing in November 2014. He is accused of stabbing her to death. None of the charges against him have been tested in court.
Lured to park and killed
Weir-Hales did not actually kill Cline. The court heard she helped plan her death and lured her to the park where she was killed.
The court heard Weir-Hales and Cline were in an intimate relationship. The two women started seeing one another after Cline broke it off with Hales.
On the night of Nov. 18, 2011, Weir-Hales asked Cline out for a walk in the park. The court heard Weir-Hales had already dropped someone off at the park. Cline was ambushed and killed with a knife.
Weir-Hales and the killer disposed of evidence in Lake Banook.
Crown prosecutor Denise Smith said Weir-Hales's participation warranted more than the minimum of ten years in prison before parole eligibility.
"It is particularly poignant that sentencing where yet another woman has died at the hands of an intimate partner should take place on this day when we recognize and remember violence against women," she said.
Dec. 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. It marks the 1989 murders of 14 women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal.
Cline's children are being cared for by her mother in Ontario. Weir-Hales apologized to the Cline family in court.
A previous version of this story included the agreed statement facts. The document has now been removed in order to follow a publication ban effective Dec. 9, 2013.