Charges have been dropped against a woman accused of organising a hit on her police officer ex-partner.
The police offered no evidence on the charge and the case was dismissed at North Shore District Court this afternoon.
Outside court the woman slammed police and labelled it "a set up".
The defendant aged in her 40s was given permanent name suppression and said she was relieved the nightmare was finally over.
"I knew I was innocent from the beginning," she said through tears.
"It's been absolutely traumatic."
In March, the woman was charged with attempting to procure the commission of an offence, namely assault with intent to injure.
It was alleged the incident took place in January and according to court documents the complainant was her police officer husband, from whom she had split.
The criminal proceedings saw her child taken off her and she was allowed no contact for two weeks.
When asked who she blamed for the situation, she was emphatic.
"It's the police," the defendant said.
"It was a police informant who encouraged me to attempt to commit the offence. The informant came after me and constantly harassed me.
"I feel the whole basis of the charge against me was entrapment."
Family members with her had no doubt about why the charge was laid.
"It was a set up wasn't it? You can read between the lines."
The defendant said the whole situation made her worry about the power of the police and she would pursue a complaint with the Independent Police Conduct Authority.
In court, police did not explain why the charge was withdrawn other than "a lack of evidence".
The woman's lawyer Ian Tucker said he was always confident his client would be cleared of the allegations.
"There could've been a more rigorous examination of the material that founded the charge," he said.
Though the woman was happy with the result she said the effects of the ordeal had been huge.
"My parents' health has suffered immensely," she said.
"Just trying to keep my life together has been very very difficult."
Mr Tucker indicated in court they would be pursuing the police for costs and a hearing date would be set after written submissions were filed in the next month.
Detective Inspector Kevin Hooper said the officer in charge of the case originally considered the evidential sufficiency and public interest test in this case had been met.
"As part of the usual process, the case file progressed to the Police Prosecutions Section, who held discussions with the officer in charge. Following those discussions, a legal opinion was sought," he said.
"The legal opinion was accepted and police have withdrawn the charge."