"The teacher, the hitman, and the questions that remain..."
January 22, 2013 6:14 PM Subscribe
posted by saucysault (75 comments total)
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Nicole Ryan, a Nova Scotia teacher, offered a hit man $25,000 to bump off her husband because the police would not protect her from his abuse
(longer, audio only
). In her first 2010
trial, where she raised the defense of duress, she was aquitted; the Crown's 2011
appeal of that acquittal was dismissed, and her third 2013
trial resulted in a stay. But the victim didn't go on the stand to tell his side of the story.
Previously, the only official charge of domestic violence in the relationship had the husband as the victim; Michael Ryan had been beaten
with pipes by members of Nicole's family. Her ex-husband (and his current spouse Shannon) has defended himself publicly in multiple comments on various blogs
discussing the case
. He has also posted a YouTube
video explaining his side of a case.