Trial date set for alleged Oliver bomb brother

A four-day trial has been set for an Oliver man charged with placing an explosive to damage property.

Eric Oliver Daoust, 23, is alleged to have worked with his younger brother, Stephan Wesley Daoust, in August, to set off an explosive device attached to a Toyota Camry.

The explosion caused damage to the vehicle and homes on Earle Crescent in Oliver.

Last month, the younger Daoust was sentenced to 90 days in jail for the incident and for a separate charge of assault with a weapon after he dispatched bear spray into the same home targeted by the bomb. The court heard Stephan held a grudge against one of the males living at the residence.

Evidence showed the explosive device was made from black powder taken from bird bangers commonly used to keep birds out of the vineyards.

No one was injured by the blast, but shrapnel flew into a neighbouring garage.

Eric Daoust’s trial is scheduled to begin on Aug. 25 and last four days. Daoust is out on bail with conditions, including a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.


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