Bail has been denied to a man accused of taking nine people hostage at the Workers’ Compensation Board building in Edmonton last October.

A judge has ruled that Patrick Clayton could pose a risk to the public, or at the very least have people question how an accused hostage-taker could be released. The judge also noted that the 38-year-old has no family ties in Alberta, no support system and no place to live.

Clayton is charged with nine counts of hostage-taking with a firearm, six counts of pointing a firearm, possession of a dangerous weapon, careless use of a firearm and using a firearm in the commission of an offence.

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