Woman found guilty of planning hit on ex-husband
A Surrey woman charged with plotting to kill her ex-husband with the help of two hit men has been found guilty by a Vancouver Supreme Court jury.
Liza Joylene Belcourt was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit murder. Her co-accused, the two men she hired – Port Coquitlam's Jordan Joseph Doiron and Langley's David Dean Laidlaw – were also found guilty of the same charge.
After a five-week trial, the jury came down with the guilty verdict Thursday, after less than a day of deliberations.
Belcourt's estranged common-law husband Richard Noniewicz was shocked when he learned from police in 2009 that Belcourt was planning to have him killed. He said he was in a common-law relationship with Belcourt for two-and-a-half years, but have been separated for the past five years.
The pair have a son together and were in the midst of a custody battle.
The Vancouver Police Department said officers uncovered the wife's plan during ongoing investigations of gang activity in August 2009. Noniewicz said he did not know the hired hit men.
A sentencing date will be set Nov. 30.
- with files from Dan Ferguson