After calling 911 to report that his wife was missing and suicidal, Joshua Boyle told an Ottawa police sergeant that he was also worried what she might tell authorities when she was found.
“He told me he was concerned, as any husband would be, with what Caitlan (Coleman) would say to us when we found her,” Sgt. Shane Henderson told court Tuesday.
Henderson was one of the first officers to respond to Boyle’s 911 emergency call late on the night of Dec. 30, 2017. A recording of that call was played in court Tuesday.
The 911 call was made at 11:47 p.m. from a Centretown address.
Boyle told the dispatcher that his wife was threatening to kill herself. He said she was alone in her room then ran outside, and was “screaming at the top of her lungs that she was going to kill herself.”
He said she had borderline personality disorder, PTSD, “extreme mental instability” and other issues.
“I am very worried for her right now,” he said in the telephone recording, played in court.
Boyle told police his wife was wearing a hijab scarf on her head, but did not have a coat and may not have shoes.
Before she left the apartment, Boyle said they had an argument that “turned into rabid self-loathing, a panic attack, something, I’m not sure.”
“I had asked her to stay in her room,” he said.
“It shouldn’t be long,” the dispatcher told Boyle. “We’ll get some officers to see you there, OK?”
“OK,” Boyle replied. “Just try to be gentle with her: She is really going through a rough time.”
Sgt. Henderson was the first officer on scene, and went to Boyle’s apartment at 12:05 a.m.
Boyle repeated what he had told the dispatcher, and said his wife had initially raced up the stairs towards another apartment in the three-storey apartment block. Henderson testified: “He told me that he did not want to drag Caitlan back into the apartment or did not want to hit her.”
Henderson and another officer went to the second apartment and interviewed the young man who lived there. The tenant said he had heard someone banging on his back door 20 minutes earlier, but did not answer it.
Court heard that the officers searched the back staircase and yard but could not locate Coleman so they returned to Boyle’s apartment for more information.
According to Henderson, Boyle said Coleman was particularly stressed because her mother was in town, and she was worried about the state of their apartment. They had also argued, Boyle told Henderson, about drawing on walls and “Caitlan, as a wife, not performing her roles and responsibilities as a mother.”
Boyle told Henderson that he wanted Coleman to stay in her room and calm down. “He told me he kept the door open and at no time prevented her from leaving,” Henderson testified.
“He said he offered to have sex with Caitlan if she wanted to.”
When Henderson asked if Coleman had a cellphone, Boyle reached on top of the fridge and retrieved a flip phone.
Henderson asked what it was doing there. “Boyle said he took the phone away to make sure she did not break the phone as she had broken phones in the past,” Henderson testified.
Boyle is on trial on 19 charges, including assault, sexual assault and forcible confinement.
His wife Caitlan Coleman, with whom he was held hostage in Afghanistan, is the principal complainant in the case. She’s expected to testify Wednesday.