By The Canadian Press on November 10, 2017.
WINNIPEG – A Winnipeg man testified the writing on a package containing a bomb looked similar to that of his friend, Guido Amsel.
Ollie Ehrmantraut told court Friday that he’s known Amsel for years and when a package came to his auto shop on July 2, 2015, he and the co-worker noted it looked “like kids’ writing, like Guido’s writing.”
That package had Amsel’s ex-wife’s name on it – she worked at a nearby shop – and police later safely detonated it with no injuries.
Amsel, who is 51, has pleaded not guilty to five counts of attempted murder and several explosives-related charges after letter bombs were sent to two Winnipeg law offices and his ex-wifeâ€™s workplace in July 2015.
Amsel is also being tried on charges related to an explosion at his ex-wifeâ€™s home in 2013.
Ehrmantraut testified he asked Amsel in 2014 or 2015 if he bombed his ex-wife’s house, but Amsel didn’t answer.
â€œThere was no ‘yes’. No ‘no’. It was almost a blank off stare but no response,â€ Ehrmantraut said, adding he thought was an unusual response for Amsel.
â€œGuidoâ€™s the kind of guy who would just tell you straight up.â€
Ehrmantraut told court Amsel then asked him, â€œIf the first time misses, do you think the second time would miss?â€
Amsel’s lawyer, Saheel Zaman, asked if he contacted police or Amsel’s ex-wife to let her know what Amsel had said.
Ehrmantraut said he didnâ€™t contact police and canâ€™t remember whether he told Iris Amsel.
â€œPolice were already investigating,â€ Ehrmantraut told court. â€œIâ€™m assuming police were on top of their jobs.â€
Ehrmantraut also testified that after Amsel and his ex-wife separated, he told Ehrmantraut â€œmillions of dollars were taken awayâ€ from him and â€œeverybody was against him.â€
Maria Mitousis, a lawyer who had represented Amselâ€™s ex-wife in the coupleâ€™s divorce, lost her right hand and suffered other injuries when a package delivered to her office exploded on July 3, 2015.
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