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Judge: 'Your pyro days are done'

The 19-year-old man involved in two separate incidents of bombing and bear spraying at the same Oliver home was sentenced to 90 days in jail and two years probation at the Penticton Courthouse on Monday.

Stephan Daoust was ordered by Judge Gale Sinclair to serve the sentence on weekends at the Oliver RCMP detachment, starting this weekend.

Prior to the judge giving the order, Daoust plead guilty to assault with a weapon in the bear spray incident, and placing an explosive substance in an earlier incident at the home, located in the 600 block of Earle Crescent.

According to crown counsel Deb Drissell, the bombing took place at 2 a.m. on Aug. 11, when Daoust placed the homemade bomb under the right rear tire of a vehicle parked behind the home, lit the wick, ran and got picked up. 

According to friends of Daoust, he had a history of building bombs from bird banger black powder, metal and wicks in his dad's garage and went by the nickname 'Pyro 101'.

The reason for placing the bomb at this particular location was because he had a longstanding dispute with the young man, who lives in the home with his grandmother.

Following this incident, the same home was again targeted in early September, when Daoust opened the back door and emptied bear spray into the home.

The woman who lives in the home, reported waking up and feeling an extreme burning sensation, as though she had acid on her face.

Again, this was related to Daoust's problems with the young man who lives in the home.

Drissell went on to recommend the 90 days plus two years probation, because the risk to the public was significant and people could have been injured.

Defence lawyer Don Skogstad was in agreement with the time to be served. He said much of his client's frustration leading up to the bombing incident was due to bullying, because he is slight of build.

He was also aware that no one was nearby when he set off the bomb, because he had played with bombs before and timed this one to go off quickly.

He further suggested counseling as opposed to a strict curfew  of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for two years, as proposed by crown.

In handing down the sentencing, Sinclair said he suspected the good citizens of Oliver thought the Taliban had come to this house.

"You can't go around setting off bombs and bear spray," he said. "Your pyro days are done. I hope you get that."

Daoust, who appeared by video from Kamloops, declined to comment. He must obey a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the first year and 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. the second year, with exceptions for work and school travel. He must also have nothing to do with the young man who was targeted.

A bail hearing was also held Monday for his brother Eric Daoust, 23, who was allegedly involved in the bombing.

The older brother was released on $2,000 bail, his next court appearance is slated for Dec. 18.

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