08/09/2013 10:39 EDT | Updated 10/09/2013 05:12 EDT

Halifax man charged in murder for hire plot

Police have charged a man in an apparent murder-for-hire plot in Halifax.

The RCMP/Halifax Regional Police Integrated Major Crimes Unit charged 69-year-old Brian Kenneth Penney with counselling to commit murder.

Police said that Penney attempted to hire a man to kill a 46-year-old Beaver Bank man. The intended victim was not hurt.

“If an individual solicits someone to commit an offence and the offence is not committed, the individual that did the soliciting has committed the offence of counselling,” said RCMP Cpl. Scott MacRae in a news release.

On Aug. 5, Tantallon, N.S. RCMP received a complaint about a possible attempt to murder the man from Beaver Bank. They then passed the case onto the major crimes unit.

Penney is appearing in Halifax provincial court today.