Canadian man convicted of mailing ricin-tainted water

An Ontario Superior Court has convicted an aspiring Canadian actor of 11 counts of attempted murder for sending water bottles tainted with ricin and explosive devices to people he viewed as "foes."

The 39-year-old, Lebanese-born Adel Arnaout allegedly sent tainted water bottles disguised as "Nestle Waters" as promotional gifts to two talent agencies in July 2004, reports. Arnaout allegedly felt the agencies were not advancing his acting career sufficiently. The water bottles, a judge ruled Friday, contained ricin.

Bottles were also sent to the CIBC and to Old City Hall provincial court Justice Bernard Kelly, who had given a conditional discharge to Arnaout after he pleaded guilty to harassing a talent agency owner.

“He is a narcissistic, self-aggrandizing person who has blown the ‘wrongs’ he has suffered in his own mind completely out of proportion,” Ontario Superior Court Justice Todd Ducharme said, The reports.

Arnaout also allegedly delivered a homemade bomb that contained at least six nails to the house of a former roommate on August 11, 2007. The bomb detonated, shattering a glass table and cutting the arms and feet of the roommate.

On August 19, 2007, a bomb made of two pipes with five or six nails within it was sent to Terrence Reiber by Arnaout. A third bomb containing 18 nails was mailed on August 22, 2007, to a man who had evicted Arnaout from a residence and alerted police of Arnaout's desire to acquire grenade launchers and guns.