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Christopher Phillips found not guilty of chemical scare charges

06/24/2015 06:38 EDT | Updated 06/24/2016 05:59 EDT
A Halifax man accused of threatening police with a rare, dangerous chemical has been found not guilty and will be released.

Christopher Phillips was arrested inside an Ottawa hotel on Jan. 21 after police found a large stockpile of his chemicals in two locations in Nova Scotia.

Defence lawyer Mike Taylor says his client will not talk to media after his double acquittal Wednesday. He says Phillips "has decisions to make."

Phillips's case made national headlines because the finds prompted evacuations in Nova Scotia and at the Ottawa hotel where he was found.

The accused pleaded not guilty in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court to threatening police officers and possessing a dangerous weapon — the chemical osmium tetroxide.

Taylor says it's too early to say if Phillips will seek compensation for spending five months in jail.

He also says "mistakes were made" in the case. 

The CBC's Stephen Puddicombe and Yvonne Colbert are live blogging from court. 

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