Woman accused of seeking murder for hire

The Parksville woman who was arrested Aug. 27 in an alleged plot to hire people to kill her husband, has been identified.

The Parksville woman arrested Saturday, Aug. 27 in relation to an alleged plot to hire people to kill her husband has been identified.

Suzanne Brendeland, 46, appeared in B.C. Provincial Court this week facing two counts of counselling an offence and uttering death threats.

Brendeland was arrested on Saturday and was released on bail Monday following a court appearance, although a publication ban prevents any reporting on the bail hearing.

The charges stem from an August 23 report to police by her 40-year-old estranged husband, 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 alleged offer.

Police said the couple have been estranged for the past year and their disputes appear to have been escalating over that period.

Brendeland will appear again in court on September 20 in Nanaimo.


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