Winnipeg letter-bomb trial hears DNA from two different explosion sites matched

By The Canadian Press
November 20, 2017 - 3:00pm

WINNIPEG — The trial of a Winnipeg man accused of sending letter bombs has heard that DNA found at two different explosion sites matched.

Guido Amsel has pleaded not guilty to five counts of attempted murder and several explosives-related charges.

He was arrested after letter bombs were sent to two Winnipeg law offices and the workplace of his former wife, Iris, in July 2015.

There had also been an explosion at Iris Amsel's home in December 2013, and court was told it was DNA found at that location that matched a profile from one of the law offices.

RCMP Cpl. David Meyers testified the DNA from Iris Amsel's home came from a piece of green braided line.

He said the line wasn't tested until after Amsel's arrest following a letter-bomb blast which seriously injured lawyer Maria Mitousis and cost her a hand.

Meyers testified he received the matching results from an RCMP lab in February 2016.

“I received a forensic hit notification,” Meyers said.

The trial has already heard the package which blew up in Mitousis's  office contained a digital voice recorder with explosives inside and a note that instructed her to press play on the recorder.

Amsel is being tried by judge alone.

(CTV Winnipeg)

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