Joshua “broomstick” Boyle’s trial opens with estranged spouse electing to lift publication ban

The trial of former hostage Joshua Boyle, charged with assault, sexual assault and other offences, began in Ottawa on Monday with one of the alleged victims, his estranged spouse, electing to lift the publication ban on her identity.

Boyle, 35, is facing 19 charges relating to two alleged victims, with Caitlan Coleman named in 17 of them. Coleman was Boyle’s spouse when he was arrested by Ottawa police on Jan. 1, 2018.

The identity of the second victim remains protected by a court-ordered publication ban.