Joshua Boyle to undergo psychiatric assessment to determine if fit to stand trial — new charges
OTTAWA -- Former Afghanistan hostage Joshua Boyle, who faces a string of assault charges, will undergo a comprehensive psychiatric assessment.
Boyle's lawyer, Lawrence Greenspon, told an Ontario court today that an initial evaluation found his client fit to stand trial, but added he would benefit from a fuller assessment at a mental health centre in Brockville, Ont.
Joshua Boyle's lawyer Lawrence Greenspon speaks to reporters outside the court house in Ottawa, Friday, January 26, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Boyle's next court appearance is scheduled for March 26.
He was arrested by Ottawa police late last month and charged with various offences including eight counts of assault, two of sexual assault, two of unlawful confinement and one count of causing someone to take a noxious substance.
The charges against the 34-year-old relate to two alleged victims, but a court order prohibits the publication of any details that might identify them or witnesses.
Joshua Boyle, his wife, Caitlan Boyle and their three children, Jonah (walking), Noah (carried by dad) and Grace (carried by mom), are seen strolling up Elgin St past the court house in downtown Ottawa. (Wayne Cuddington/ Postmedia Network)
None of the charges -- related to incidents that allegedly occurred after Boyle returned to Canada in October from his Afghan captivity -- have been tested in court.
Boyle and his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, were taken hostage in 2012 by a Taliban-linked group while on a backpacking trip in Afghanistan. The couple, and the three children they had during their five years in captivity, were freed by Pakistani forces last October.
The family had been living in a central Ottawa apartment for about a month when Boyle was arrested.