Accused to stand trial for boy's attempted kidnapping
A 51-year-old Tunisian Montrealer will go to trial on charges of trying to kidnap a little boy for ransom in Outremont last December.
The judge ordered Chiheb Battikh to stand trial on 10 charges, including attempted kidnapping, assault, uttering threats, and weapons possession. He was arrested with a taser gun and pepper spray on him.
The ruling came down following a two-day preliminary hearing, which is covered by a publication ban.
Police say they believe Battikh tried to snatch the three-year-old boy from his father while they were in a park December 19, the two related to a wealthy businessman.
Battikh, who was refused bail earlier this year, will remain detained pending a hearing in early November when they'll set a trial date.
If convicted, Battikh could face life in prison.
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