Bail for wife on murder charge

HELEN Kay Ryan, the woman charged with murdering her husband, former Casino grazier Jeffrey David Ryan, was granted strict conditional bail in Tamworth Local Court yesterday.

Magistrate Roger Prowse described the Crown’s case as weak and released Mrs Ryan on her own undertaking without surety.

Police prosecutor John Brisset did not object the bail.

Mr Prowse did not consider Mrs Ryan to be a flight risk, but insisted she report to Tamworth police daily and stay at her home on the Duri property owned by her late husband.

It is the same property where Mr Ryan was found dead from a gunshot wound to the back on October 24.

Mrs Ryan was ordered not to approach or contact any Crown witnesses or leave the Tamworth area without prior permission of the court.

Mrs Ryan appeared tired and drawn as she entered the small, packed courtroom shortly after 2pm.

She sobbed quietly throughout the 50-minute hearing, but managed a half smile to her family when bail was granted.

Mrs Ryan was supported by her sister and other family members, while Ben Ryan represented the Ryans.

No plea was entered and Mr Prowse adjourned the case, ordering Mrs Ryan to appear again on March 3.



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