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Nicole Kish, the young woman charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a St. Catharines man in Toronto last month, has been granted bail.

The 21-year-old was the only Canadian charged in connection with a confrontation in which 32-year-old Ross Hammond was killed. The death made headlines around the country, in large part because Ms. Kish and her co-accused were described as aggressive panhandlers. Three Americans were also charged. The four were originally charged with aggravated assault, but the charges against Ms. Kish were upgraded in mid-August.

Six sureties, all family members, spoke on behalf of Ms. Kish in support of her bail application. Ms. Kish's lawyer, John Scarfe, said several factors were in his client's favour, including that she was born and grew up in Canada and had no previous criminal record.

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Ms. Kish was released on $165,000 bail. She is to live at her grandmother's house in Southwestern Ontario and is under house arrest. Her next court date is set for Sept. 25.

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