Surrey woman gets six years for planning murder

Liza Joylene Belcourt sentenced for trying to hire two men to kill her husband

Liza Joylene Belcourt

Liza Joylene Belcourt

A Surrey woman was sentenced to six years in jail Thursday after being found guilty of plotting to kill her husband.

Last November, 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.

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 had 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.