Suspect charged over bomb that maimed teenage boy

UPDATE, 10AM: The man charged with a series of bombings, including the golf ball bomb that maimed an Ipswich teen, has been remanded in custody.

Glen Charles Dell, 37, did not apply for bail, and was not brought into the Ipswich Magistrates Court this morning.

The matter was adjourned to Friday, August 16 to marry up with charges relating to the creation of explosives and placing an explosive device on the gates of the West Ipswich Bunnings.

He then will be required to appear via video link.

His lawyer, Claire Greer-Wilson from Walker Pender, declined to comment on the case.

 

6AM: Police have charged one of the men involved in the Clay St home-made bomb explosion with the blast that maimed an Ipswich teenager.

Glen Charles Dell was charged with grievous bodily harm in relation to the horrific explosion which blew fingers off the teen's hands in a Leichhardt backyard on May 10.

His mother was told by police yesterday afternoon that Dell had been charged with the attack.

"Thank God," she told The Queensland Times. "He is over the moon about it."

The 15-year-old was taken to hospital after a ball packed with explosive powder exploded in his hands. It had been passed to him by a group of youths.

Earlier yesterday, Inspector Keith McDonald of Ipswich police said another ball had been found during searches of the suspect's home over the weekend.

Yesterday, Dell was charged with planting a bomb at the Bunnings worksite in West Ipswich. That incident occurred just days after the Leichhardt incident that maimed the teen.

The 37-year-old man who lost most of his fingers and suffered injuries to his groin, genitals, face and chest in an explosion at the Clay St house on Thursday night remained critically ill in the Princess Alexandria Hospital yesterday.

Yesterday, police officers began scouring the backyard of the house on their hands and knees, finding traces of explosive material.

The bomb squad carried out three controlled detonations, bringing the total at the property so far to 18.

Insp McDonald said there were traces of highly volatile chemicals throughout the yard, a shipping container at the back of the property and in the house.

Police found patches of suspicious chemicals ranging in circumference from the size of a 10c coin to a 50c coin.

Insp McDonald said only a few grams of the chemicals would be enough to cause serious injuries if detonated and that the substance could explode by itself in temperatures above 38 degrees.

He said that explosive materials had been scattered across the property with "reckless abandon".

The police search came to an unexpected end yesterday lunchtime when members of the bomb squad wearing gas masks uncovered yet more hazardous chemicals in the shipping container. It is believed the chemicals found had not been used to create explosive materials.

Queensland Fire and Rescue crews removed the chemicals.

Insp McDonald said police would continue to conduct a thorough search of the home this morning.


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