A Nova Scotia man is accused of attempting to hire a hitman to commit a murder.

Police say 74-year-old Melville Taylor of Fox River has been charged with counselling to commit first-degree murder and counselling to commit aggravated assault.

RCMP Sgt. Brigdit Leger says Taylor is accused of attempting to hire someone to kill a 45-year-old man from Fox River.

The intended target was not harmed and police say the two men are known to one another.

Leger says police launched an investigation into the matter after receiving a complaint on July 27.

Police arrested Taylor in Amherst Wednesday and he appeared in Amherst provincial court today.

He was released from custody and is due back in court on August 21.