Man with local ties who was held captive for five years in Afghanistan now facing criminal charges

CANADA (AP) - A Canadian man with ties to New Brunswick who was held captive in Afghanistan with his wife and three children is now facing criminal charges.

Joshua Boyle made a brief appearance for his preliminary hearing after being charged with offences including eight counts of assault, two of sexual assault, two of unlawful confinement and one count of causing someone to noxious drug.

There is also a charge of uttering a death threat and another of misleading a police officer..

A judge granted lawyer Ninetta Caparelli's request for adjournment until Monday so the defense can work on a bail plan.

Boyle faces a total of 15 charges.

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 while backpacking in Afghanistan. The children were born in captivity.

The purported acts allegedly occurred between October 14th and December 3th0 after Boyle returned to Canada.