Charges dropped against man accused of setting bomb

CALGARY — The Crown does not have enough evidence to prove a Calgary man tried to kill his ex-girlfriend and her new beau by blowing up their apartment.

CALGARY — The Crown does not have enough evidence to prove a Calgary man tried to kill his ex-girlfriend and her new beau by blowing up their apartment.

Prosecutor Rajbir Dhillon said Tuesday alibi evidence provided by the suspect’s co-accused cast doubt on an eye witness statement.

Kyle Robert McKee did admit to a single charge of making explosives after a police search of his northeast home found a Molotov cocktail.

McKee was arrested Dec. 16 in Winnipeg, nearly a month after two explosive devices were left outside an apartment occupied by his ex-girlfriend Carolyne Kwiatek and her new boyfriend, Tyler Sturrup.

Kwiatek said she saw McKee and a youth on the balcony of her ground floor suite and woke up Sturrup, who went outside and tossed the two items into the parking lot, where one exploded.

He said Kwiatek believes the devices were placed there as a result of her relationship with McKee, “which had gone sour.”

When police arrived, they found the remnants of the detonated bomb and a second device consisting of a glass jar with coins, screws, nails and ratchet bits inside, Dhillon said.

He said both Kwiatek and Sturrup were reluctant to talk to police.

Charges against the youth were previously withdrawn.

Provincial court Judge Peter Barley accepted a joint submission for a one-day sentence followed by 12 months’ probation, since McKee has already served the equivalent of a 10-month jail term.