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Bail hearing postponed for alleged Nipigon kidnapper

Andrew Otway, 29, of Thunder Bay is one of four men facing charges connected to an alleged violent kidnapping in Nipigon from Sept. 14.
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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

About the Author: Karen Edwards, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Karen Edwards reports on court and crime under the Local Journalism initiative, which is funded by the Government of Canada.
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