SCoC rejects duress defence, orders Crown to not pursue abused wife in hitman hire
An interesting result.
The Supreme Court of Canada has overturned the acquittal of an abused woman who tried to hire a hit man to kill her husband, but the decision released today also ordered the Crown to drop her case.
With all proceedings against her stayed in the 8-1 decision, Nicole Doucet Ryan cannot be retried for counselling to commit murder.
Doucet, as she is now known, a high school teacher in southwestern Nova Scotia, was arrested in March 2008 and charged with counselling an undercover police officer to kill Michael Ryan.
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