December 30, 2013 - 11:31 AM
OLIVER - His brother might have plead guilty to placing explosives on a car but Eric Olivier Daoust, 23, wants to fight a similar charge in court.
Daoust was in Penticton Provincial Court today and opted to fight it out in front of a judge. The preliminary inquiry was waved and a trial date will be set on Jan. 6. Daoust is currently out on bail.
Daoust and his younger brother Stephan Wesley Daoust, 19, were arrested in connection to a placing a pipe bomb beneath a car outside of an Oliver residence between Okanagan Street and Earle Crescent in August. The vehicle was damaged when the device exploded. A garage had its wall pierced by shrapnel. No one was hurt but residents were shaken by the experience.
The two brothers were both charged with placing or throwing explosive to damage property while the younger Daoust was also charged with assault for unleashing a can of bear spray inside someone's home on a separate date. A woman was injured in the bear spray attack. The 19-year-old was given an intermittent sentence of 90 days to be served on weekends at the Oliver RCMP detachment.
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