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Witnesses at Joshua Boyle trial describe former Afghan hostage as angry, domineering

WATCH: Caitlan Coleman has taken the stand at the trial of her estranged husband, Joshua Boyle.

Witnesses appearing at Joshua Boyle’s assault trial Thursday describe the former Afghanistan hostage as angry and domineering in the days following his release from captivity.

Boyle and his wife, Caitlan Coleman, were seized by extremists in Afghanistan during a 2012 backpacking trip and rescued five years later by Pakistani forces.

WATCH: Joshua Boyle on trial for assaulting estranged wife

Joshua Boyle on trial for assaulting estranged wife
Joshua Boyle on trial for assaulting estranged wife

Janice Unger, a Global Affairs Canada official who accompanied them on the plane back to Canada in 2017, told the court that at one point during the flight Boyle abruptly told her and a colleague to return to their seats.

Coleman’s sister, JoAnn Rotenberry, visited the couple shortly after their return and recalled that Boyle always seemed angry and frustrated, and would speak in a demeaning way to his wife.

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Boyle was arrested in the early hours of Dec. 31, 2017, after Coleman told police he had assaulted her on numerous occasions.

Boyle, 35, has pleaded not guilty in Ontario court to offences against Coleman including assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement.