Will Christina Noudga — charged as an accessory in the Tim Bosma murder — get bail?

July 17 Update: Christina Noudga is still in custody at the Vanier Centre for Women in Milton. She will be tried separately from Dellen Millard and Mark Smich.

Christina Noudga was arrested and charged as an accessory after the fact for the murder of Tim Bosma on April 10th. Over the past week, a few people have asked me why — more than a month later — she hasn’t yet had a bail hearing.

The short answer is because, as of her last court appearance on May 5th, Noudga’s lawyer Paul Mergler hadn’t requested a bail hearing. That, of course leads to the next question, which is why? To which the short answer is because he doesn’t want to lose and needs time to prepare given that the crown has said that it will likely contest a bail application.

Accessory to murder is a serious charge carrying a maximum penalty of life imprisonment although a common sentence is in the five-year range. If Noudga, the girlfriend of Dellen Millard, were to be denied bail (as happened in this case), she could be stuck in jail until her trial (assuming she does not change her not guilty plea), which could be years away. Bail rulings are notoriously difficult to have overturned.

Based on the evidence against her, Noudga’s lawyer will decide whether to apply for bail. At her last court appearance he said he had just received “voluminous disclosure.” When she appears in court in Hamilton this Thursday via video, we might find out more about whether or not there’s going to be a bail application and when.

Noudga, a Toronto university student, turned 22 on April 26th.

Who is Christina Noudga? Charged with accessory to Tim Bosma’s murder after the fact

Christina Noudga, shown here on a 2011 skydiving outing with boyfriend Dellen Millard, has been charged as accessory after the fact in the murder of Tim Bosma

Christina Noudga, shown here on a 2011 skydiving outing with boyfriend Dellen Millard, has been charged as accessory after the fact in the murder of Tim Bosma. Credit: Facebook

Christina Noudga, the girlfriend of Dellen Millard, has been charged as an accessory after the fact to murder in the death of Tim Bosma.

Noudga, 21, had been seeing Millard — who is charged with murdering Bosma, his father, Wayne Millard, and Laura Babcock — since the summer of 2011 shortly after he broke off his engagement to another Toronto woman.

Noudga lawyered up quickly after her boyfriend’s arrest and refused to give police a statement. She only talked after her arrest.

Noudga was also a friend of Laura Babcock, who disappeared in the summer of 2012 and made her last mobile phone calls to Dellen Millard. According to a friend of Babcock, Laura had told Noudga that she and Millard had become more than just friends. Police last year described Babcock’s relationship to MIllard as a non-traditional dating situation.

Noudga was a member of the “Help Us Find Laura” Facebook group before she took her profile down.

Last October, the Hamilton Spectator reported on a brief court discussion about having a certain woman removed from Milard’s “do not contact” list.

“At this stage, she has not given a statement to police and I can’t say she has relevant information,” Crown attorney Tony Leitch told the court.

For procedural reasons, the judge declined to deal with the matter and the woman. remained on the list. Due to a publication ban, the newspaper did not provide further details. There is more than one woman on Millard’s no-contact list.