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Joshua Boyle faces more charges; to undergo psychiatric assessment

Joshua Boyle faces more charges; to undergo psychiatric assessment”

Joshua Boyle, the Canadian man who spent five years in captivity along with his York County-native wife as hostages of the Taliban in Afghanistan, is facing 19 charges related to alleged incidents that occurred in Canada after his release, according to the CBC.

The family had been living in a central Ottawa apartment for about a month when Boyle was arrested.

The purported acts allegedly occurred between October 14 and December 30 after Boyle returned to Canada.

Boyle has been deemed fit to stand trial but Greenspon had asked for - and has been granted - a 60-day psychiatric assessment.

As a result of revisions from the Crown, Boyle now faces a total of 19 charges, up from 15.

"He's been through five years as a hostage and it should be no surprise to anybody that... it's affected his mental health", says Greenspon. Boyle is expected to be transferred there in the coming days, and a report will be provided to the court upon its completion.

Mr Boyle and his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, were kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012 when she was pregnant and had three children while in captivity.

Their three children were born in captivity.

Boyle settled into his parents' home in Smiths Falls, Ont., when he returned to Canada in October, but court records show his most recent address was in Ottawa.

Boyle had previously been in the public spotlight because of his brief marriage to Omar Khadr's older sister.

The charges against Boyle previously involved two alleged victims, but that has been reduced to one after the Crown dropped an assault charge involving a minor. A publication ban bars reporting information that could identify the alleged victims.

Boyle's legal team says he is eager for the "full story" to be presented in court.

Joshua Boyle stands with his father Patrick Doyle (L) after arriving with his wife and three children to Toronto Pearson International Airport, almost 5 years after he and his wife were abducted in Afghanistan.

The Taliban has denied Boyle's accusations.

Granger and Greenspon wrote in an emailed statement to CBC News after Boyle's arrest that he is presumed innocent and has no criminal history.



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