Bail hearing postponed for alleged Nipigon kidnapper

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THUNDER BAY — A bail hearing for a man accused of kidnapping another man along with three others was postponed this week.

Andrew Otway, 29, of Thunder Bay made a brief court appearance by phone on Thursday, Nov. 19 as his lawyer requested more time for bail planning.

His case was put over to next Tuesday, Nov. 24, to schedule a new date for a bail hearing. Justice of the Peace Denette Ellard granted the adjournment.

Otway and his co-accused, Billy John Thompson, Jayson Lawson-Balodis and Harold Robert Sault are all facing charges connected to a Sept. 14 alleged kidnapping in Nipigon, according to a media release issued by Ontario Provincial Police on Sept. 21.

Some of Otway’s charges include kidnapping while using certain firearms, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and a variety of related offences.

Police in Nipigon were dispatched on Sept. 14 after receiving reports of a man who had been abducted, forcibly confined and assaulted with a firearm. Police say the male victim escaped his captors and received assistance from a witness who contacted police. The victim was then transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

Otway's three co-accused have all been released on bail.

Karen Edwards, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Thunder Bay Source