Guido Amsel, the man accused of sending letter-bombs to three locations across Winnipeg, now faces new charges in an earlier explosion.
Early in the morning on December 13 of 2013, RCMP say an explosion damaged a home belonging to Amsel’s ex-wife in the RM of St. Clements.
Staff Sgt Jared Hall says the two adults inside weren’t hurt – they didn’t even wake up.
“They only recognized the damage, which was to their house and to their vehicle, when they first stepped outside later that morning,” he said.
RCMP investigated the incident, including whether Amsel could be involved, given his relationship to the homeowner.
But Hall says they just didn’t have the evidence to identify a suspect or make an arrest.
“The evidence and information to identify who is responsible, what a motive was or even intended targets back in 2013 was not there,” he said.
He says there was no physical evidence to link anyone to the crime.
But things changed after three explosive devices were allegedly mailed to two law offices and another business in Winnipeg in the summer of 2015. Lawyer Maria Mitousis lost a hand and suffered other injuries in an explosion.
Amsel was charged. His case is still before the courts.
RCMP say that incident obviously shed new light on their investigation, and they began sharing information with Winnipeg police.
Hall says city police uncovered evidence significant to the 2013 case.
“That’s what really tied it together. Without that, we wouldn’t be here,” he said.
He would not go into specifics about what that evidence was. He said evidence RCMP collected and preserved from the scene in 2013 also played a role.
Amsel was rearrested in prison Thursday. He is facing seven charges, including two counts of attempted murder.
Meantime, Amsel’s lawyer is firing back on news of the additional charges dating back over 2 years.
Martin Glazer says police looked at Amsel in 2013, but cleared him as a suspect.
“We’re concerned that they’re trying to build a case by charging him with something that happened almost three years ago, for which he was investigated at the time, and no charges were laid. And, we were concerned about the timing. They’re trying to build a case? I predict the case will sink in the quicksand because the foundation that they’re building a case on is shaky,” says Glazer.
He adds Amsel is being “set up to take the fall’.