OTTAWA – Canadian ex-hostage Joshua Boyle has made a brief appearance via video link for his preliminary hearing after being charged with offences including sexual assault, forcible confinement and administering a noxious drug.
A judge granted lawyer Ninetta Caparelli’s request for adjournment until Monday so the defence can work on a bail plan.
Boyle faces 15 charges.
He had a beard and wore an orange t-shirt in Wednesday’s appearance, which lasted a few minutes.
Boyle, his wife Caitlan and their three children were freed in October in Pakistan, five years after the couple was abducted by a Taliban-linked militant group during a backpacking trip in neighbouring Afghanistan. The children were born in captivity.
The acts he’s accused of apparently happened between Oct. 14 and Dec. 30 after Boyle returned to Canada.
A publication ban bars reporting information that could identify the apparent victims.