Man facing pipe bomb charges appears in court

Published on June 30, 2014

Charlottetown police have arrested a 34-year-old man after a search allegedly found two explosive devices in his home here at 8 Avonlea Drive in Charlottetown.

Guardian photo by Heather Taweel

A man charged with two counts of possession of a pipe bomb made his first court appearance in Charlottetown Monday.

Arlo William Callaghan, 35, told the court that he was turned down for assistance by legal aid and has yet to speak to a lawyer.

Provincial Court Judge Nancy Orr adjourned the case to July 14 for election.

“These are serious matters, sir,’’ Orr told the accused, noting he man was facing indictable offences.

Outside the courtroom, Callaghan appeared distraught, telling another person that he could face as much as 10 years in jail if convicted on the two charges.

He also commented “there was no ill intent’’ on his part.

Callaghan was arrested after Charlottetown police received information on June 17th about someone who might have been in possession of explosive devices at a residence in Charlottetown.

The Halifax RCMP explosive disposal unit was brought in to search the home. Those devices were taken to Halifax for forensic analysis, examination and disposal.

The Crown is also considering whether to lay charges against a second male in connection with the case.