Jeff Ryan murder suspects in court

THE CASINO family of murdered grazier Jeffrey Ryan leant heavily on each other yesterday as four of his five accused killers faced Tamworth Local Court.

Mr Ryan’s estranged wife, Helen Ryan, 49, sat emotionless as she and her mother Coralie Coulter, 70, sister Ganene Coulter, 41, and alleged hitman Kenneth Brooks, 45, appeared briefly via video link from prison in Sydney and Cessnock.

They were all refused bail and remanded in custody to reappear on May 5.

Mr Ryan was gunned down at his Tamworth property last October triggering a massive police investigation.

Ryan was arrested and charged with her husband’s murder in December and released on bail.

She was re-arrested last month in a statewide police operation, along with Brooks and the Coulters.

The Crown requested the case be adjourned until May so more than 80 hours of surveillance video and more than 2500 phone taps could be processed..

Magistrate Richard Prowse gave the prosecution until April 21 to tender its case.

Mr Ryan’s mother, Marie Ryan, travelled to Tamworth with her daughters, Wendy Edwards and Jenny Hockey, and grandson Ben, for yesterday’s court hearing.

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