Nova Scotia

Father, daughter in alleged murder plot granted bail

Nova Scotia RCMP say a 71-year-old man in Digby County conspired with his daughter to have her ex-husband killed.

Nova Scotia RCMP say a 71-year-old man in Digby County conspired with his daughter to have her ex-husband killed.

Herbert Boudreau and daughter Nicole Ryan were granted bail Monday in a packed courtroom in Comeauville, a small community near Digby.

Provincial court Judge Jean-Louis Batiot released the pair despite opposition from the Crown.

Charges against Ryan:

  • conspiracy to commit murder.
  • counselling an offence that was not committed (2 counts).

Charges against Boudreau:

  • counselling to commit murder.
  • counselling to commit an offence that was not committed.
  • failing to comply with court order.

Ryan, 38, a high school teacher in Clare, was arrested in March and charged with conspiracy to commit murder. She is accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill her former husband, Michael Ryan.

Boudreau was arrested on Friday after a month-long investigation. He faces a number of charges, including counselling to commit murder.

Boudreau is also accused of assaulting his former son-in-law in December.

Ryan and Boudreau have been ordered to abide by a number of conditions, such as having no contact with each other or Ryan's former husband. Ryan is also banned from using a cellphone.

Ryan is scheduled to return to court Aug. 27 to set a trial date.

Boudreau is expected back in court on June 23 for election and plea.

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