NEWS
02/29/2012 10:08 EST | Updated 04/30/2012 05:12 EDT

Confinement Room Accused Faces New Charges

A man accused of building a confinement room in an abandoned Pickering, Ont., farmhouse is facing a number of new charges.

Robert Edwin White, 44, withdrew his application for bail Wednesday as police laid new charges against him, including attempted kidnapping and trespassing with criminal intent.

Due to a publication ban CBC News cannot say whom it was police believe White intended to kidnap.

"The room itself was intended to an adult known to the accused," Sgt. Nancy Van Rooy of the Durham regional police said

Investigators allege White is responsible for building the room in the basement of the farmhouse on Concession Road 7 and had planned to use it for a criminal purpose.

In a separate matter, CBC News has obtained court documents that say White's wife of 10 months left him the day police arrived at their Oshawa home with a search warrant. She filed for divorce a few days later on Jan. 30.

In her application she said she began experiencing "emotional and verbal abuse" last summer. The document also mentioned that she moved to a shelter for fear her husband might hurt her or her daughter.

On Jan. 6. Durham police say, emergency crews arrived to find the found the home engulfed in flames.

No arson charges have been laid.

White remains in custody; his next court date appearance is March 12.