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Ex-hostage Joshua Boyle makes video court appearance on 15 charges

Last Updated Jan 3, 2018 at 10:09 am PDT

Joshua Boyle speaks to members of the media at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Friday, October 13, 2017. Boyle, his wife, Caitlan Coleman, and their three children had been held hostage for five years by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network in Afghanistan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Joshua Boyle faces 15 charges, including sexual assault, assault, forcible confinement

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.

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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.