Ryan in custody on murder charge

HELEN KAY RYAN, 49, the woman charged with her husband’s murder, remains in custody after appearing briefly in Tamworth Local Court yesterday.

She was refused bail on Monday and did not enter a plea in court yesterday.

Her defence lawyer is likely to apply for bail today.

Jeffrey Ryan, 48, was last seen alive by Mrs Ryan at his Duri property near Tamworth in the early evening on Friday, October 24.

The former Casino grazier was found shot dead the next day after neighbours raised the alarm with police.

He had received a single gunshot wound to the back.

Police spent much of the investigation trying to establish if Mr Ryan had been shot with one of his own guns.

Mrs Ryan had wept emotionally at both the Tamworth public appeal for information about Mr Ryan’s death, and at the funeral held in Casino last month.

Mr Ryan’s Casino-based family is believed to be shocked at the turn of events, although relieved the case is progressing.

The family is particularly concerned for the Ryans’ 13-year-old daughter.

She is thought to be staying with Mrs Ryan’s relatives.

Police are expected to hand the brief of evidence in their case against Mrs Ryan to the Director of Public Prosecutions some time today, allowing it to commence prosecution proceedings.

A spokeswoman said that the department had not yetreceived the brief, but expected it soon.

Over the past seven weeks, detectives from Task Force Chandler conducted an exhaustive investigation, including a thorough examination of the crime scene and surrounds, as well as an extensive series of interviews in Tamworth and Casino.

They are continuing with several lines of inquiry and more arrests are expected.

Inspector Phillip O’Reilly, from Oxley Local Area Command, said police could not comment about the murder, the murder weapon, or the prospect of further arrests now the case was before the courts.

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