Wark­worth pipe bomber gets 5-year prison sen­tence

The Peterborough Examiner - - News - TODD VANDONK

Daniel Castel­lano will serve sev­eral years in prison for det­o­nat­ing a pipe bomb in Wark­worth in the sum­mer of 2017.

The Bow­manville na­tive threw a pipe bomb in­side an un­oc­cu­pied ve­hi­cle at a Wark­worth busi­ness on Banta Road, about 55 kilo­me­tres south­east of Peter­bor­ough, on June 9, 2017.

No one was in­jured as a re­sult of the blast, but the in­ves­ti­ga­tion led to two search war­rants, in­clud­ing at a home in Bow­manville and a va­cant lot in Have­lock-Bel­mont-Methuen Town­ship in Peter­bor­ough County. Castel­lano was ar­rested at the Peter­bor­ough County prop­erty.

Mem­bers of the Northum­ber­land OPP crime unit were as­sisted by the tac­tics and res­cue unit, the provin­cial weapons en­force­ment unit, the explosive dis­posal unit, ur­ban search and res­cue-chem­i­cal, bi­o­log­i­cal, ra­di­o­log­i­cal, nu­clear and ex­plo­sives team and the Peter­bor­ough County OPP crime unit.

As a re­sult of the search war­rants, in­ves­ti­ga­tors seized sev­eral pipe bombs, hand­guns and long guns with am­mu­ni­tion, a quan­tity of gun pow­der, elec­tronic de­vices and $60,000 in stolen prop­erty.

After a judge-alone trial in the On­tario Court of Jus­tice in Peter­bor­ough in No­vem­ber and Fe­bru­ary, Jus­tice Jen­nifer Brod­er­ick found Castel­lano guilty on April 30 of plac­ing or throw­ing an explosive, 12 counts of pos­ses­sion of an explosive de­vice, two counts of pos­ses­sion of a weapon for dan­ger­ous pur­poses, three counts of care­less use/stor­age of a firearm and three counts of pos­ses­sion of break-in in­stru­ments.

Ear­lier this month, Brod­er­ick sen­tenced Castel­lano to a to­tal of five years for throw­ing the pipe bomb, one year for pos­ses­sion of ex­plo­sives, 270 days for care­less use/stor­age of a firearm, and 120 days for pos­ses­sion of break-in in­stru­ments. The re­main­ing sen­tences on all other counts will be served con­cur­rently with the five-year sen­tence.

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