Murder for hire case stayed

A 47-year-old Parksville woman is likley breathing a big sigh of relief this week after the Crown stayed all charges against her in an alleged murder for hire case.

The ordeal for Suzanne Brendeland began last August 27, when she was arrested for allegedly plotting to have her estranged husband, killed in a murder-for-hire plot.

The charges stem from an August 23 report to police by her 40-year-old estranged husband, Randy Brendeland, who said he believed his wife was trying to hire people to kill him.

A police investigation into the claim turned up two local men who confirmed they were approached by a woman who tried to hire them to kill her husband. Neither of the men reportedly accepted the offer.

Police said the couple separated just over one year ago and their disputes appear to have been escalating over that period.

The estranged couple filed divorce papers in family court in July.

Randy Brendeland worked as a fitness instructor, while Suzanne Brendeland worked until recently at a moving and storage company.

They moved to Vancouver Island in 2009.


Although the charges have been stayed, that doesn’t mean the case has been thrown out and it could be brought forward at a later date, should new evidence arise. Because of this, a publication ban on evidence brought forward in the case remains in place.



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