03/25/2015 09:26 EDT | Updated 05/25/2015 05:59 EDT

Halifax man accused of threatening police with chemicals to stand trial

HALIFAX - A Halifax man accused of threatening police with dangerous chemicals has been committed to stand trial.

Defence lawyer Mike Taylor waived the right to a preliminary inquiry for his client Christopher Phillips, who appeared briefly in Dartmouth provincial court today and was remanded into custody.

Phillips, who is charged with uttering threats and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, is due in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on Thursday to set trial dates.

He has elected to be tried by judge alone.

Police have alleged that a cottage and a shed that the 42-year-old man owned in the Halifax area were filled with chemicals in various states of degradation.

The discovery prompted evacuations in Halifax and the Ottawa hotel where Phillips was arrested in January.

The Crown says it estimates the trial will take five days and it is trying to accommodate having it soon.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Christopher Phillips appeared in Nova Scotia Supreme Court Wednesday.