The Canadian Press

RED DEER, Alberta: A Crown prosecutor says an Alberta financial adviser built a pipe bomb to kill a disabled client because he lost all of her money.

Anders Quist has told a jury in his opening address that evidence will show Brian Malley bought and owned items used to make the bomb.

Malley is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Victoria Shachtay (SHAK’-tay) in November 2011.

Quist told a court in Red Deer that the bomb was put in a box, then placed inside a Christmas gift bag and rigged to go off when opened.

He says Shachtay was killed instantly when the bomb that was left on the doorstep of her home in Innisfail, Alta., went off.

The single mother used a wheelchair after being paralyzed a few years earlier in a car crash and had won a settlement of $575,000.

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