New, Grisly Details Surface in Case Against Accused Letter Bomber Guido Amsel
Day one of a 36 day trial for accused letter bomber Guido Amsel is now underway and is already bringing new details of the incident to light.
Testimony from two officers started the day, including the police officer who was first on the scene to help the lawyer injured after the bomb detonated. The second police officer who testified spoke to court about notes and messages found where the bombs detonated.
Amsel is facing five counts of attempted murder and several explosives-related charges after letter bombs were sent to his ex-wife and two law firms in 2015.
Const. Paul Barker was the first witness called as the trial began Tuesday.
The 11-year-veteran with the Winnipeg Police Service was the first officer to arrive at 252 River Ave, in July 2015.
Const. Barker was in the area on an unrelated incident when a bomb call from dispatch was overheard on his radio.
He said he was on scene within 90 seconds and saw a woman from the building entrance waving her hands frantically to get his attention.
That’s when Const. Barker was rushed in to the side of an injured woman, who he later learned was Maria Mitousis, a lawyer who had represented Amsel’s ex-wife in the couple’s divorce.
He found Mitousis, sitting on the floor in front of her office, the door was closed and she was clutching her abdomen.
“There was a considerable amount of blood,” Barker said. He noted Mitousis had a serious injury to her throat and blood was running down the front of her.
He told everyone to get out of the office and he called for an ambulance.
Mitousis lost her right hand and suffered other injuries when one of the packages detonated.
“She mentioned that her hand stung. She wasn’t aware of the extent of her injuries,” Const. Barker told the court. He said her left hand suffered major damage but it was her right hand that sustained the worst of it.
“It was like an empty sleeve. The skin was still there but the flesh and the bone were gone.”
Const. Brian Raymond Neumann was the second witness called. He was involved in all three scenes in July where letter bombs were allegedly sent in the mail by Amsel.
His testimony Tuesday morning focused on the photographs taken at 252 River Ave on July 3. He went through at least 70 photographs taken, most of which centered around Mitousis’ office.