Yukon senior accused of sending mail bomb to his BC brother – to kill him

RCMP search mail bomb home
RCMP search a unit in a senior's residence in Whitehorse for evidence of a mail bomb sent to a BC man. -RCMP photo.

Whitehorse, Yukon – A Yukon senior citizen living in a home for elderly folks has been arrested for sending a mail bomb to his brother living in BC.

The mail bomb was allegedly sent by 73-year-old Leon Nepper.

It was sent to his brother Roger Nepper who lives in Port Alice on Vancouver Island. When he opened it on Sept.11, it exploded with a flash.

Reports said the explosive resulted in amputation of three of Roger Nepper’s fingers. Nails from the bomb were embedded in his stomach.

“As a result of an extensive investigation involving RCMP resources from both British Columbia and Yukon, Mr. Leon Nepper, a 73-year-old male resident of Whitehorse, is facing charges for aggravated assault, attempted murder, possession of an explosive device and sending an explosive device with the intent to cause bodily harm.”

RCMP bomb disposal unit
Bomb disposal unit of the RCMP outside a senior’s complex in Whitehorse, Yukon. – RCMP

“Out of an abundance of caution, the Whitehorse RCMP asked residents of an apartment building located at 4th Avenue and Lambert Street to temporarily relocate while officers conducted a search related to the active, ongoing investigation.”

The accused bomb-making senior remains in custody.

He made a court appearance on Friday, September 21, 2018. He has been remanded in custody.

No motive has been stated for the alleged attempt to kill a brother.