Hus­band charged in house blast re­mains in hos­pi­tal

Fac­ing mur­der and ar­son charges, Udo Haan speaks by phone in court

Waterloo Region Record - - News - GOR­DON PAUL gpaul@there­cord.com, Twit­ter: @GPaulRecord

KITCH­ENER — The man ac­cused of mur­der­ing his wife and ex­plod­ing their Kitch­ener home re­mains in hos­pi­tal, seven weeks af­ter the blast.

Udo Haan’s case was in court on Fri­day, four days af­ter he was charged with first­de­gree mur­der, ar­son with dis­re­gard for hu­man life and two counts of ar­son with dam­age to prop­erty.

Haan’s wife, Edra Haan, 58, died in the Aug. 22 blast that de­stroyed their home at 56 Sprucedale Cres. and dam­aged two other houses. Edra Haan was found dead in her back­yard. Udo Haan, also 58, was crit­i­cally in­jured.

Be­cause he is at Grand River Hos­pi­tal, un­der po­lice guard, Haan was not in court for the rou­tine “ap­pear­ance.” He spoke by phone.

“Don’t say any­thing, Udo,” de­fence lawyer Stephen Gehl told him when Haan got on the phone.

Haan was on the line for less than two min­utes and said lit­tle. He was told his next court ap­pear­ance is set for Oct. 24. “OK,” Haan said. Haan may still be in hos­pi­tal on Oct. 24, Gehl said. If he gets dis­charged from Grand River, he will ap­pear in court in per­son. He was or­dered de­tained.

Gehl was asked out­side the court­room how Haan is do­ing.

“I’m not in a po­si­tion to give a med­i­cal up­date on his con­di­tion and I’m not qual­i­fied,” the lawyer said.

Water­loo Re­gional Po­lice have said lit­tle about how the ex­plo­sion oc­curred or how Haan was killed.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion has re­vealed that Edra Haan died prior to the ex­plo­sion,” Insp. Mark Crow­ell said ear­lier this week.

KITCH­ENER FIRE DE­PART­MENT

The home at 56 Sprucedale Cres. was de­stroyed by an Aug. 22 ex­plo­sion.

Edra Haan

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