03/12/2015 03:57 EDT | Updated 05/12/2015 05:59 EDT

Man accused in Halifax chemicals case to apply for bail on Friday

HALIFAX - A bail hearing for a man accused of possessing volatile chemicals that led to evacuations in Halifax and Ottawa is scheduled for Friday.

Forty-two-year-old Christopher Phillips was arrested in an Ottawa hotel on Jan. 21 after the building was evacuated.

He was later brought back to Halifax where he was charged with uttering threats and possession of a weapon — the chemical osmium tetroxide — for a dangerous purpose.

Police have said the cottage and a shed that Phillips owned in the coastal community of Grand Desert were filled with chemicals in various states of degradation.

During a Feb. 5 court hearing, defence lawyer Mike Taylor said his client wasn't able to apply for bail because he didn't have a place to stay at that time.

Taylor said the accusation that Phillips threatened police was based on an email that was misconstrued and his client believes he had the chemicals for legitimate reasons.