EDMONTON - A man accused of taking nine people hostage at an Edmonton Workers' Compensation Board office is expected to hear later this week if he will be freed on bail.

Patrick Clayton argued for his release at a court hearing on Tuesday.

The 39-year-old man faces numerous charges of unlawful confinement and pointing a firearm stemming from last October's incident.

Clayton told court he plans to defend himself and says he needs the freedom to prepare a case prior to his trial next January.

He also argued against a ban on publication of evidence, but the judge refused, saying it would be in Clayton's best interest to shield it from the public.

Clayton returns to court on Friday. (CHED)