Penticton and South Okanagan
Bomb bullies charged
Oct 25, 2013 / 4:38 pm
Two brothers from Oliver are in custody and facing charges in connection with the Aug. 11-12 bombing incident in Oliver.
One of the pair was also charged in connection with an incident which occurred shortly after the bombing, where a can of bear spray was discharged in the residence associated with the bombed car.
Investigators with the Oliver RCMP and Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen General Investigation Section arrested 19-year-old Stephan and 23-year-old Eric Daoust, without incident on Oct. 24, as a result of the two month long investigation.
The pair face a charge of using explosives under Section 81 (1) (c) of the criminal code.
The Oliver RCMP investigated the bombing incident after it initially went unreported for a day and was believed by residents to be a lightning strike.
Police became involved the following day when a resident came to the local RCMP office with a piece of metal shrapnel believed to be connected with nearby damage to a homeowner's garage and a vehicle parked nearby.
RCMP officers attended and examined the scene and determined that an improvised (homemade) explosive device had been placed and detonated under a vehicle parked in the residential alleyway between Okanagan Street and Earle Crescent.
No one was injured in the blast, however close examination of the vehicle and a nearby homeowner's garage, uncovered damage by the blast and flying shrapnel.
The metal fragment was found in the complainant's garage, after it was projected at a sufficient velocity to go through the outside wall, splinter through a two by four and end up inside the garage.
Stephan Daoust was also recently charged and convicted with assault with a weapon, break and enter and commit indictable offence, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, in regards to the second incident, where it was alleged he broke into the home on Sept. 8 and discharged a can of bear spray.
"Our findings into the I.E.D. incident and pepper spray assault indicate that the violence was targeted towards the young man who resided in the home where the car was damaged," said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk. "All three knew each other and are longtime Oliver residents. It appears that the matter stemmed from a mutual longstanding dislike for each other. Luckily, no one was seriously injured as a result."
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