Former Afghan hostage being tried on assault against wife

Joshua Boyle and his father Patrick Boyle arrive to court in Ottawa on Monday, March 25, 2019. Boyle has gone on trial in Canada on charges that he repeatedly assaulted his wife. Boyle faces 19 charges, including sexual assault. A partial gag order was lifted at the trial started Monday, revealing that all but one of the 19 charges relate to his American wife, Caitlan Coleman of Stewartstown, Pa. Boyle and his wife were taken hostage in 2012 by a Taliban-linked group while on a backpacking trip in Afghanistan. The couple had three children during their five years in captivity. The family was rescued in 2017 by Pakistani forces.(Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
Joshua Boyle, left, and his father Patrick Boyle, right, arrive to court in Ottawa on Monday, March 25, 2019. Joshua Boyle has gone on trial in Canada on charges that he repeatedly assaulted his wife. Boyle faces 19 charges, including sexual assault. A partial gag order was lifted at the trial started Monday, revealing that all but one of the 19 charges relate to his American wife, Caitlan Coleman of Stewartstown, Pa. Boyle and his wife were taken hostage in 2012 by a Taliban-linked group while on a backpacking trip in Afghanistan. The couple had three children during their five years in captivity. The family was rescued in 2017 by Pakistani forces.(Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
Joshua Boyle and his father Patrick Boyle arrive to court in Ottawa on Monday, March 25, 2019. Boyle has gone on trial in Canada on charges that he repeatedly assaulted his wife. Boyle faces 19 charges, including sexual assault. A partial gag order was lifted at the trial started Monday, revealing that all but one of the 19 charges relate to his American wife, Caitlan Coleman of Stewartstown, Pa. Boyle and his wife were taken hostage in 2012 by a Taliban-linked group while on a backpacking trip in Afghanistan. The couple had three children during their five years in captivity. The family was rescued in 2017 by Pakistani forces. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
Joshua Boyle arrives to court in Ottawa on Monday, March 25, 2019. Boyle has gone on trial in Canada on charges that he repeatedly assaulted his wife. Boyle faces 19 charges, including sexual assault. A partial gag order was lifted at the trial started Monday, revealing that all but one of the 19 charges relate to his American wife, Caitlan Coleman of Stewartstown, Pa. Boyle and his wife were taken hostage in 2012 by a Taliban-linked group while on a backpacking trip in Afghanistan. The couple had three children during their five years in captivity. The family was rescued in 2017 by Pakistani forces.(Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
Joshua Boyle arrives at court in Ottawa on Monday, March 25, 2019. Boyle has gone on trial in Canada on charges that he repeatedly assaulted his wife. Boyle faces 19 charges, including sexual assault. A partial gag order was lifted at the trial started Monday, revealing that all but one of the 19 charges relate to his American wife, Caitlan Coleman of Stewartstown, Pa. Boyle and his wife were taken hostage in 2012 by a Taliban-linked group while on a backpacking trip in Afghanistan. The couple had three children during their five years in captivity. The family was rescued in 2017 by Pakistani forces. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

OTTAWA, Ontario — Former Afghanistan hostage Joshua Boyle has gone on trial in Canada on charges that he repeatedly assaulted his wife.

Boyle faces 19 charges, including sexual assault. A partial gag order was lifted as the trial started Monday, revealing that all but one of the 19 charges relate to his American wife, Caitlan Coleman of Stewartstown, Pennsylvania.

Boyle and his wife were taken hostage in 2012 by a Taliban-linked group while on a backpacking trip in Afghanistan. The couple had three children during their five years in captivity. The family was rescued in 2017 by Pakistani forces.

Boyle was arrested in December that year.

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