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Winnipeg judge dismisses challenge by accused letter- bomber of DNA warrant

Last Updated Sep 22, 2017 at 10:00 am PDT

WINNIPEG – A Winnipeg judge has dismissed a letter-bombing suspect’s challenge of the validity of warrants used in the investigation.

Guido Amsel is facing five counts of attempted murder and several explosives-related charges related to letter bombs sent through the mail to his ex-wife and two law firms in 2015.

The lawyer who represented his wife in the couple’s divorce lost her hand when one of the devices went off.

Amsel’s lawyer had argued that police left out information when they applied for the warrants.

He said police failed to mention that tests pointing to explosive residue on Amsel’s hands were preliminary and still needed to be verified in a lab.

The report from the lab contained results of a swab which came back negative for traces of an explosive substance.

Provincial court Judge Tracey Lord ruled that the detective who prepared information to obtain the warrants included a “full, fair, and frank disclosure of relevant evidence known to him at the time.”

Amsel, who has pleaded not guilty to all charges, is to face a trial scheduled to start the end of October.

(CTV Winnipeg, The Canadian Press)