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Trial of man charged in Halifax chemicals case to proceed on June 1

Christopher Phillips, accused of threatening police with a dangerous chemical, arrives for his bail hearing at provincial court in Dartmouth, N.S. on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. .
Christopher Phillips, accused of threatening police with a dangerous chemical, arrives for his bail hearing at provincial court in Dartmouth, N.S. on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. . Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – The judge-only trial of a man whose chemical stockpiles caused police to order evacuations in two cities is set to begin on June 1.

Defence lawyer Michael Taylor appeared in Nova Scotia Supreme Court Thursday to confirm the dates when 42-year-old Christopher Phillips will appear.

The U.S. citizen was charged on Jan. 22 with threatening police officers and with possessing a weapon — the hazardous chemical osmium tetroxide — for a dangerous purpose.

Phillips was arrested the day before in an Ottawa hotel after it was evacuated by police.

Neighbourhoods in Halifax and Grand Desert, N.S., were also evacuated after police found a large collection of chemicals.

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