August 25, 2014 8:09 pm

No extra jail time for Oliver bomb-maker

PENTICTON, BC – His brother is already serving time for his role in building and exploding a bomb in Oliver last year, today a 24-year-old Oliver man learned his fate.

Eric Daoust appeared in Penticton Provincial Court and was joined by his mother and two other supporters.

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Daoust helped his younger brother build a bomb, which was used to blow up a car last summer.

Once it was detonated, it caused extensive damage to the vehicle and shrapnel was found lodged in nearby structures. Luckily no one was hurt.

The homemade device was intended to send a warning to a young man with whom the Daoust brothers have a longstanding feud.

Crown counsel said the dispute that caused the Daoust brothers to react this way was an argument that involved a woman.

The younger brother, Stephan, planted the bomb, while Daoust acted as the getaway driver.

His lawyer argued that his client alone wouldn’t have behaved in this kind of conduct, but he was simply helping his brother, who was 19-years-old at the time.

The older Daoust pleaded guilty to mischief over $5,000.

Both the crown and defense asked for 30 days in jail and a 2-year probation.

The judge accepted the plea bargain.

But Daoust had already served 38 days in custody, so he won’t have to return to jail.

The judge also ordered  psychological counseling for the 24-year-old man.

The younger brother had already been sentenced last December and was given a 90-day sentence, which he serves on weekends.

 

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