Jeffrey Ryan.
Jeffrey Ryan. Contributed

Ryan's family faces his killer

THE family of a Casino man gunned down in 2009 yesterday faced the man paid $30,000 to kill him.

Jeffrey Ryan was killed at a Tamworth property after his second wife, Helen Ryan, took out a contract on his life.

She, her sister and the mother of the two women were jailed in October for organising the murder.

The man they hired, Kenneth Brooks, was found guilty of murdering Ryan two months later.

Yesterday, Ryan's son and sisters told the NSW Supreme Court of the pain and loss they had experienced following his death.

Brodie Ryan said he had spoken to his father hours before he was killed and expressed regret for not saying "I love you" at the end of the phone call.

Brooks will be sentenced in the Newcastle Supreme Court on May 18.

Mr Ryan's killing in October 2009 stunned the Casino community, which was initially unable to grasp why someone would want him dead.

Less than two months later police charged Helen Ryan with his murder.



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