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Prosecutor urges judge to find ex-hostage Joshua Boyle guilty of assaulting wife

Last Updated Oct 3, 2019 at 7:42 pm PDT

Joshua Boyle arrives at court in Ottawa on Monday, March 25, 2019. A federal prosecutor says former hostage Joshua Boyle lied about likening his wife's tendency to strip off her clothes to the nude protests of Russian dissenters who settled in western Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Summary

Evidence against Joshua Boyle shows him to be a controlling, dominant husband who instilled fear

Boyle has pleaded not guilty to offences against his wife including assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement

OTTAWA — A Crown attorney is urging a judge to find former hostage Joshua Boyle guilty of assaulting his wife Caitlan Coleman, saying he used a calculated mixture of kindness and cruelty to ensnare her in an emotional web.

Prosecutor Meaghan Cunningham told Ontario court Judge Peter Doody today that Coleman’s credible evidence against Boyle is bolstered by other witness testimony and documentation that paints him as a controlling, dominant husband who instilled fear.

Boyle, 36, has pleaded not guilty to offences against Coleman including assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement in the period of October to December 2017.

The incidents are alleged to have taken place in Ottawa after he and Coleman returned to Canada following five years as overseas captives of Taliban-linked extremists.

Coleman has testified that Boyle created a list of demands that included an edict she make him ejaculate twice a day, seven days a week, or face “chastising,” his word for spanking.

Boyle has denied making such an order, but Cunningham says the list is “akin to a smoking gun” in the case.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 3, 2019.

The Canadian Press