Bail hearing set for man facing kidnapping, firearm charges

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NIPIGON — One of four men facing several charges in connection to a September kidnapping in Nipigon will seek bail on Dec. 7.

Andrew Otway, 29, is charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, and several firearm-related offences.

Ontario Provincial Police arrested Otway, Billy John Thompson, 32, Jayson Lawson-Balodis, 45, and Harold Robert Sault, 29, after officers responded to a report of a man who had been kidnapped, forcibly confined and assaulted with a firearm in the town of Nipigon on Sept. 14.

Following a brief court appearance on Wednesday, Dec. 2, Otway is scheduled to return to court next on Dec. 7 for a bail hearing.

His three other co-accused have all been released on bail with several conditions including not to communicate with each other.

At the time, OPP said the victim managed to escape his captors and received assistance from a witness who contacted police, according to a previous media release.

The victim sustained serious injuries, police said.

Karen Edwards, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Thunder Bay Source