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Toronto letter-bomb sender found guilty

A Toronto man has been found guilty of 11 counts of attempted murder for sending contaminated water and explosive mail packages to a number of people and businesses.

A Toronto man has been found guilty of 11 counts of attempted murder for sending contaminated water and packages filled with explosives to a number of people and businesses.

Adel Arnaout, 39, was convicted of 15 of 16 charges against him in the Ontario Superior Court in Toronto Friday, including 11 attempted murder charges. The only charge he escaped was a count of possessing an explosive at his home.

In making the convictions, Justice Todd Ducharme described Arnaout as a delusional narcissist who gave preposterous and illogical testimony during his trial.

He faces a life sentence as a result of the attempted murder convictions. In addition, the Crown is considering whether to pursue a dangerous offender application to prevent him from getting parole in the future.

Arnaout sent contaminated water and letter bombs between 2004 and 2007 to people he bore grudges against.

Ducharme said the only reason no one was seriously hurt was because of luck and Arnaout's incompetence as a bomb maker.

During his trial, Arnaout testified he never intended to kill or seriously injure his targets but wanted to scare them and police.

Arnaout, an aspiring actor and model, injected a solvent into water bottles and delivered them to modelling agencies as a promotion, after the agencies failed to find him the kind of work he wanted.

He also mailed packages filled with explosives to two people in Toronto and one in Guelph, Ont., in August 2007. Following Arnaout's arrest in the latter incidents later that month, police found three other bombs. They closed off the Don Valley Parkway to transport the devices to the Leslie Street Spit near Lake Ontario and carry out a controlled detonation.