New Crown evidence in Ryan murder

NEW Crown evidence in the murder of former Casino grazier Jeffrey Ryan has delayed the case, with Magistrate Roger Prowse holding the matter over until July 21.

Prosecutors said investigations were continuing and the new material would ‘have a significant impact on the Crown case'.

Members of Mr Ryan's familytravelled from Casino and the Northern Rivers for the brief court hearing.

Four of the five accused, including Mr Ryan's former wife Helen Ryan, her 41-year-old sister Ganene Coulter, and her 70-year-old mother Coralie Coulter, appeared via video-link in the Tamworth Local Court yesterday.

Alleged pensioner-turned-hit-man, 45-year-old Kenneth Brooks, of Cessnock, who police say was hired by Helen Ryan to commit the murder, also appeared.

His de facto partner, Joeleen Farrell, had previously been granted bail on medical grounds, but could not meet the conditions.

Mr Ryan, 48, was found dead at his Tamworth property with a shotgun wound to his abdomen last October. Strike Force Chandler was formed by Tamworth detectives and State Crime Command officers to investigate his death.



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