Joshua Boyle's estranged wife to continue testifying at his trial

Caitlan Coleman

Caitlan Coleman

Caitlan Coleman, the estranged wife of former Afghanistan hostage Joshua Boyle, will continue her testimony at his trial in Ottawa today.

Boyle, 35, has pleaded not guilty to 19 charges, including assault with a weapon, sexual assault and forcible confinement.

The court has banned the identification of a second alleged victim of Boyle.

While walking Coleman to her hotel, Boyle told her she was the love of his life and that they would be together, she testified.

Ottawa police Sgt. Shane Henderson told the court that Coleman provided a detailed statement, saying she was trying to flee from her husband because he had assaulted her "numerous times" and threatened to kill her.

"I was never to disagree with him, even on small things", she told the court. The former hostage is charged with 19 offences, including assault and uttering a threat to cause death.

She said that during their captivity, Boyle would spank, bite, and choke her as forms of punishment, and sometimes forced her to stay in a bathroom stall for hours because he couldn't stand her, the newspaper reported.

Coleman said she yelled at Boyle stop.

Coleman claimed he tricked her into going to Afghanistan in 2012 by first taking her to Central Asia, when she was five months pregnant, and then telling her they would enter the Taliban stronghold for him to pursue a story as an aspiring journalist. 'In the past, he made it clear he didn't feel any guilt hurting me'. "It was like he didn't have any concept that he had done anything wrong at all", she told court.

She testified that one of the most hard incidents for her talk about was from the night of November 27, 2017 - about a month after their return to Canada.

Coleman, originally from Pennsylvania, told the court that the she and Boyle met online when she was 16 and began an on-again-off-again relationship before marrying in 2011.

"He was saying that I had to have it", Coleman said, adding that she was frightened and started to cry. I just can't do this anymore. "I suggested to Josh that I was going to take the children and leave ... that I just couldn't do this anymore", she said.

'He got extremely angry.

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Coleman said the day they gained their freedom, which she said was "exciting" and involved a "dramatic" vehicle chase, her husband's assaults and verbal abuse stopped and she said she became hopeful.

She told court Boyle was very angry and told her she couldn't leave.

Boyle moved to New Brunswick and Coleman joined him, though she was not keen on the move.

The bag contained BDSM equipment that was "at times" used during sex between the couple, Coleman testified.

Coleman said she started crying and pleaded with him to untie her. He replied he would let her go as long as she lied in place quietly for 30 minutes.

Coleman said that, following an argument, Boyle ordered her to strip off her clothes and stand in the hotel room shower, where he forced her to take three tablets of Trazodone, an anti-depressant medication.

Coleman, 33, said the couple were physically abused by their captors, but that Boyle also abused her during that time. I wasn't resisting him.

Coleman gave her testimony via closed-circuit television from a separate room to avoid being in the same room as her estranged husband.

Once she thought he was sleeping, she was able to untie her hands in about 10 minutes. "I just lay down". She had to log her progress, or lack thereof, on a daily basis.

In 2009, Boyle married Zaynab Khadr, sister of Toronto-born Omar Khadr, who spent years in a US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after he was captured in Afghanistan.

"I don't remember my exact words but I was trying to convey, no, you know I can't do this", she testified.

Boyle continued to try, and she continued to struggle, and eventually "he stopped and he hit me in the face and he said, 'F--k you, '" Coleman told court.

"He hit me either before or after he brought me more", Coleman testified.

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