Joshua Boyle: Judge dismisses charges against ex-Afghan hostag


Former Afghan hostage Joshua Boyle arrives at the Ottawa courthouseImage copyright AFP through Getty Photos
Image caption The trial of feeble Afghan hostage Joshua Boyle has been watched across the sphere

Just a few months after Joshua Boyle, his American important other Caitlan Coleman and their three younger of us were rescued in October 2017 after being held captive in Afghanistan, Mr Boyle changed into once arrested by Canadian police and charged with assault, sexual assault and forcible confinement. On Thursday, after a lengthy trial, a think pushed aside the total expenses.

In 2012, Mr Boyle, 36, and Ms Coleman were kidnapped by the Haqqani militant network while backpacking in Afghanistan. Their rescue, following a five-year hostage ordeal, made headlines across the sphere.

The pair had married in 2011 and had three younger of us collectively while in captivity.

In December 2017, Mr Boyle changed into once arrested in Ottawa, Canada and charged on 19 separate counts.

He pleaded no longer guilty to the total expenses, which were linked to alleged assaults towards his now estranged important other.

Here is what you’ve got to know regarding the trial.

What did the think’s resolution mumble?

In his resolution, read in an Ottawa courtroom, Ontario Court docket Remove Peter Doody raised points with the credibility of both Mr Boyle’s and Ms Coleman’s testimony.

“I like no longer imagine her, real as I like no longer imagine Mr Boyle,” he acknowledged in courtroom.

The two gave very divergent accounts throughout the trial of the events that led up to Mr Boyle’s arrest.

The think acknowledged the evidence changed into once largely circumstantial and that prosecutors in a roundabout draw didn’t display cowl the expenses previous a cheap doubt.

Mr Boyle didn’t comment on the resolution on Thursday.

Talking on his behalf, his legal legit Lawrence Greenspon told journalists that “Mr Boyle and his household are very gratified with this resolution”.

The trial, which began in March, confronted delays in consequence of factual wrangling over whether defence counsel would possibly per chance be allowed to injurious-imagine Ms Coleman with appreciate to the couple’s sexual history.

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Image caption Joshua Boyle’s case changed into once heard in an Ottawa courthouse

Canada’s criminal code limits the flexibility to introduce a complainant’s previous sexual intercourse as evidence in sexual offence lawsuits, with some exceptions.

What did we hear throughout the trial?

Ms Coleman says she changed into once the victim of Mr Boyle’s abuse throughout their captivity – abuse that persisted after their rescue.

She acknowledged that once in captivity, their relationship, which both conceded had long been volatile, worsened and that Mr Boyle grew violent.

She claimed he would hit, chew, spank, punch and strangle her.

For his section, Mr Boyle and his defence team painted Ms Coleman as an emotionally unstable and typically violent woman unable to defend a watch on her “suits of anger”.

Mr Boyle furthermore denied threatening, controlling or abusing her in captivity though he conceded he’d had to bodily intervene throughout her suits of anger.

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Image caption The couple were captured in Afghanistan in 2012

He furthermore acknowledged that actions admire spanking were a consensual section of the couple’s intercourse lifestyles.

What came about after they returned to Canada?

In step with Ms Coleman, the abuse stopped for some time however picked up all once more because the household began to composed down to their original lives in Ottawa.

She described an an increasing number of disturbing domestic lifestyles within the fast duration between their rescue and Mr Boyle’s arrest.

He changed into extra controlling, she acknowledged, dictating how she must behave with household and media covering the story of their hostage taking, and limiting her safe admission to to funds.

She submitted to the courtroom a handwritten list of guidelines she says he gave her.

Ms Coleman changed into once to contend with her husband and younger younger of us as “Sir” or “Madam”, lose a definite quantity of weight every week and exercise a definite quantity on a standard foundation, and fulfill him sexually.

She furthermore acknowledged she changed into once sexually assaulted by Mr Boyle throughout that duration.

Mr Boyle denied famous of what Ms Coleman claimed, announcing he changed into once by no draw violent, did the bulk of the childcare and by no draw restricted household budget.

His legal legit urged that Ms Coleman concocted the assault allegations in suppose to safe sole custody of their younger of us.

What ended in Mr Boyle’s arrest?

One evening in slack December, Ms Coleman acknowledged Mr Boyle had confined her to their mattress room.

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Image caption Caitlan Coleman is now residing within the US

It made her feel panicky, she acknowledged, because it reminded her of times in captivity.

In Mr Boyle’s testimony, he acknowledged the couple did hold an argument because she had fallen asleep and left the younger of us unsupervised of their condominium. He denied any violence.

Ms Coleman acknowledged she took her and her younger of us’s passports, and money from his wallet, pulled on several pairs of socks and a sweater, and ran upstairs and knocked on the neighbour’s door.

There changed into once no solution. So she left her condominium constructing and went into the road.

Workers at a stop by pizza restaurant let her spend their telephone to call her mother, who changed into once visiting from the US.

Meanwhile, Mr Boyle told the courtroom he observed his important other had left with out her coat and changed into once skittish about her within the frigid climate, so called the police.

She got a taxi to her mother’s hotel and rapidly after, Ottawa police arrived. Police arrested Mr Boyle no longer long after his important other defined her version of events to the authorities.

With files from Brigitte Pellerin and Dani-Elle Dubé

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