N.S. confinement case adjourned until next month
Published Wednesday, November 14, 2012 2:22PM AST
The case of a Nova Scotia man accused of chaining and sexually assaulted a 16-year-old boy has been adjourned until next month.
David James LeBlanc, 47, faces seven charges in connection with the alleged incident in Upper Chelsea.
They include sexual assault, sexual assault causing bodily harm, forcible confinement, uttering a death threat, kidnapping, administering a noxious substance with intent to cause bodily harm, and breach of conditions.
The charges were laid after a woman reported a boy had shown up at her door on Faulkner Road, chained at his ankles and wrists and asking for help.
Police allege the boy was abducted while sleeping on the streets of Halifax and woke up in the back of a van.
Investigators say he was then driven to a residence in Upper Chelsea, where two men held him captive and sexually assaulted him over a period of 10 to 14 days.
Court documents also allege the teen overheard his captors discussing a plan to sell him on the black market.
LeBlanc was wheeled into Bridgewater provincial court Wednesday morning, with the help of two officers.
Defence lawyer Mike Taylor says his client recently had surgery on his feet, which were hurt by frostbite before his arrest in northern Ontario on Sept. 30.
The case is scheduled to return to court Dec. 19.
David James LeBlanc arrives at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport on Oct. 5, 2012.