Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nova Scotia Pays $150,000 for Tip That Led to Conviction in 2011 Murder Case

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nova Scotia Pays $150,000 for Tip That Led to Conviction in 2011 Murder Case

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Nova Scotia pays $150,000 for murder case tip

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HALIFAX - A Nova Scotia program designed to help police crack unsolved crimes has paid out its first cash reward, says the head of the province's Justice Department.

An unidentified tipster received $150,000 through Nova Scotia's Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program for providing information that led to the conviction of two men in the 2011 murder of Melissa Dawn Peacock, Justice Minister Lena Diab said Thursday.

Dustan Joseph Preeper and Joshua Michael Preeper received life sentences after pleading guilty last month to first-degree murder and second-degree murder, respectively.

"Money talks," said Diab, describing the rewards program as both efficient and necessary for the province.

The program was introduced in 2006 to help with investigations into cases that had gone cold.

"No tip is too small," said Diab. "Every piece of information is valuable."

Seventy-seven cases have been added to the program since its launch eight years ago. …

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