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Husband charged with murder after wife killed in house explosion

Edra Haan died in a blast at her Sprucedale Crescent home in Kitchener this summer. - Facebook

KITCHENER The rumours swirled shortly after Edra Haan died in a blast at her Sprucedale Crescent home in Kitchener this summer.

The day after the explosion rocked the Forest Heights neighbourhood, the coroner said Haan's death was a homicide.

The only other person critically injured in the August blast, which also significantly damaged two nearby homes, was her husband Udo Haan.

So when Waterloo Regional Police said they were not looking for any suspects, it was easy to conclude that police were directing their investigation at one person.

Six weeks later on Thanksgiving Day, officers with the major crimes unit arrested 58-year-old Udo Haan at Grand River Hospital.

Haan is charged with intentionally killing his wife and deliberately setting a fire to their home.

He is charged with first-degree murder, arson with disregard for human life and two counts of arson with damage to property.

"It's bittersweet," said Edra Haan's brother Al Pinheiro on Tuesday.

"We will get closure on who is responsible for the death of my sister but at the end of the day it ends up being her husband and the kids' father," said Pinheiro.

"It's a two-edged sword," he said.

For the Haans' two adult children, the charges alleging their father killed their mother is painful as they continue to grieve for their mother.

"You hope the rumours were wrong. They lost their mother and now their father has been charged in her death," Pinheiro said.

On Tuesday, Insp. Mark Crowell offered little details on the how the explosion occurred or how Haan was killed except to say she died before the explosion.

"The investigation has revealed that Edra Haan died prior to the explosion," he said.

Crowell said the first-degree murder charge means Haan "intentionally" killed his wife and deliberately caused the explosion.

"Mr. Haan is deemed to be the person responsible for Edra Haan's death and the cause of the explosion that occurred on Aug. 22." he said.

Haan was airlifted to a Hamilton hospital in critical condition after the blast and then transferred to Grand River Hospital at the end of last month.

On Tuesday, he appeared by audio in a Kitchener courtroom to face the charges. A publication ban prohibiting evidence from being published or broadcasted was requested by his lawyer Steve Gehl.

Haan has another court appearance on Friday.

Crowell said Haan requires an "extended period of medical care."

Crowell said the investigation was extensive, gathering witness statements, and assessing forensic information and the cause of the explosion.

Police acknowledge the explosion impacted an entire neighbourhood

The coroner deemed Haan's death to be a homicide the day after the explosion and police focused their investigation on Udo Haan.

intentional act in terms of injury and her death

"This is dramatic and traumatic circumstance for the entire neighbourhood," Crowell said.

"There has been a tremendous amount of upheaval and concern over the circumstances," he said.

Edra Haan died before an explosion flattened her home, Waterloo Regional Police said Tuesday.

The Kitchener woman was found dead after an explosion demolished her Sprucedale Cresent home in August.

Her husband, Udo Haan, now faces a charge of first-degree murder in her death.

Officers with the major crimes unit arrested the 58-year-old Kitchener man on Thanksgiving Day.

Udo Haan appeared via audio in Kitchener court Tuesday morning. He remains under medical care at Grand River Hospital.

He returns to court for another appearance on Friday.

He is charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of arson (disregard for human life) and two counts of arson (damage to property).

Edra Haan, 58, was found dead in the backyard of her home after the Aug. 22 explosion flattened the house.

Her husband was airlifted to a Hamilton hospital with critical injures.

Two other nearby homes were extensively damaged in the blast.

On Tuesday, many neighbours had heard the news of the charges against Udo Haan but had little to say.

Nearly six week after Haan's murder and police confirming they were not looking for any suspects once they deemed her death a homicide, neighbours were not surprised that Udo Haan was charged with killing his wife.

Liz Monteiro
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