Surrey mom who hired hit men to kill ex-husband freed from jail

Liza Belcourt planned, unsuccessfully, to have her son's father murdered. Her ex calls her release a slap in the face.

Liza Belcourt (shown here in this undated photo) has been released from jail on full parole after serving about three years of her five-year sentence for planning a hit on her ex-husband.

A Surrey woman who plotted to have her estranged ex-husband killed more than five years ago has been granted full parole.

Liza Joylene Belcourt was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder in 2011 and sentenced to six years in jail for paying two men $10,000 to shoot her ex, Richard Noniewicz. The men she hired were found guilty of the same charge.

It was 2009 when police told a shocked Noniewicz that Belcourt was planning to have him killed. The two had been together for about two-and-a-half years and have a son together. They were separated and in the midst of a bitter custody battle when the murder conspiracy was uncovered by Vancouver Police.

Belcourt began serving her five-year, four-month prison term (she received credit for time in pre-trial custody) in March 2012.

Belcourt, who has no prior criminal record, was granted day parole about a year ago, during which time things have gone smoothly, according to Parole Board of Canada documents.

Two months ago, the board granted Belcourt full parole, saying it appeared she’s “seen the error of her ways” and has demonstrated she’s committed to turning her life around.

“You acknowledge that you have caused ‘immense’ harm to both your ex-husband and your mutual child and have sincerely apologized the same,” the release decision reads. “You have realized that your victim was a good father to your son but that you were so consumed by hatred towards him (the victim), that this impaired your ability to make rational decisions.”

Belcourt is now 37 and according to parole documents, has a boyfriend and has landed a part-time job.

She is not to consume alcohol or drugs or associate with anyone involved in criminal activity and must immediately report all intimate relationships with males while on parole. She also may not contact Noniewicz, other than when necessary for parental obligations or legal matters.

“Your victim has a right to feel safe and to not have any unwanted contact with you,” the parole decision states. “Any contact may re-traumatize him and/or cause conflict which could elevate your risk to re-offend.”

Noniewicz calls Belcourt’s release a “slap in the face” by the criminal justice system.

“As I am a supposed victim, the real victim is my son,” he said.


Just Posted

Four years for manslaughter in Surrey drive-by shooting

Mahdi Halane was rendered a quadriplegic until his death in hospital six years later at age 24.

Author at Surrey event glad to have book published ‘before reality totally overtakes fiction’

Ari Goelman, a business and criminology instructor, speaks at KPU Reads gathering Jan. 22

Cloverdale banker shares his love of swing dancing

Cloverdale’s Phillip Kunz shows dancing newcomers how to get into the swing of things

White Rock cannabis and adult entertainment bylaws to move to public hearings

Council will seek input on potential of allowing contentious businesses in city limits

SURREY EVENTS GUIDE for Jan. 17 and beyond

Plays, concerts, fundraisers and more in our weekly guide for Surrey and area

VIDEO: Orcas put on a show near Hornby Island

Louis Jobodin shares photos and video of his experience

Body discovered in burnt out car near Trail

Police report a body was found in the burnt out trunk of a 1999 Honda Civic

VIDEO: B.C. Lions sign defensive back T.J. Lee to contract for upcoming season

The four-year veteran had a team-high four interceptions and 49 tackles last season with B.C.

How an immigrant to Canada helped Donald Trump prove his mental health

Test that cleared Trump was developed by doctor associated with McGill and Sherbrooke universities

Premier touches on multiple topics ahead of Asia trade trip

Housing and childcare are expected to be the focus of the BC NDP’s first budget in February.

UPDATE: Friends mourn boy, 15, killed in Vancouver shooting

John Horgan: ‘No stone is to be left unturned until we find the perpetrator of this heinous crime’

VIDEO: Explorers uncover Canada’s deepest cave in Fernie

The cave, named Bisaro Anima, was confirmed to have broken the record on New Year’s Day

Vernon to host largest Special Olympics B.C. Winter Games in 2019

Games to be held Feb. 21-23, with more than 800 athletes expected to take part

Ex-BC Liberal staffer focused on ‘favourable’ ethnic communities in scandal: lawyer

Former communications director Brian Bonney’s sentencing hearing for breach of trust is underway

Most Read