WINNIPEG – The man accused of sending explosives through the mail, including one that blew up in the hands of a lawyer, will stand trial next year.
Guido Amsel faces five counts of attempted murder after he was arrested in July 2015 for allegedly sending the letter bombs to his ex-wife and two Winnipeg law firms.
Two of the devices were safely detonated by Winnipeg Police’s Bomb Unit, but one went off and injured lawyer Maria Mitousis, who had represented Amsel’s ex-wife, Iris Amsel, in the couple’s divorce.
Mitousis lost her right hand, among other injuries, when a bomb exploded.
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Amsel is also facing charges from a bombing at his ex-wife’s home in the RM of St. Clements in 2013. It happened in the early hours of April 13 and the explosion caused damage to the outside of the home and a vehicle parked outside.
Amsel’s ex-wife and her partner did not wake up from the blast, but noticed the damage the next morning and reported it to the RCMP.
RCMP said evidence gathered by Winnipeg Police led to new charges related to the 2013 incident.
Amsel was arrested again in April 2016 at Headingley Correctional Centre while awaiting bail for the 2015 Winnipeg bombings.
Amsel has been denied bail twice and faced delays after Amsel pursued an out-of-province judge, but was rejected.
The trial was originally set to get underway in October, but in August Amsel appeared in court to announce he had fired his lawyer, Martin Glazer. Court has heard he has now retained new legal representation.
The trial is scheduled to start September 11, 2017 and last 10 weeks.
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