Bail denied for accused in WCB hostage-taking

The man accused of taking nine hostages at the Workers' Compensation Board office in Edmonton will remain behind bars pending the outcome of his trial after a judge turned down his request for bail Monday.

The man accused of taking nine hostages at the Workers' Compensation Board office in Edmonton will remain behind bars until his trial after a judge turned down his request for bail Monday.

Patrick Clayton, 38, faces nine counts of unlawful confinement, six counts of pointing a firearm and charges of possession of an offensive weapon dangerous to the public, careless use and storage of a firearm and use of a firearm during the commission of an offence.

Clayton will be back in court on Feb. 3 to enter a plea.

On Oct. 21, a man with a rifle entered the WCB building at 107th Street and 99th Avenue and took nine hostages.

The standoff lasted about 10 hours before ending peacefully around 6:20 p.m. No one was injured.