Court date resched­ule for man ac­cused of shoot­ing co-worker with nail gun

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY - BY BREN­DAN AH­ERN

A court date for a man ac­cused of shoot­ing a co-worker with a nail gun has been re-resched­uled to Feb. 11.

Shawn Wade Hynes was ex­pected to ap­pear in Pic­tou pro­vin­cial court on Jan. 7, but nei­ther he or his le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion were there.

Hynes was ar­rested and charged with crim­i­nal neg­li­gence af­ter shoot­ing co-worker Nh­lanhla Dlamini with a nail-gun on Sept. 27.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred at a job­site in Aber­crom­bie on Sept. 19.

Dlamini has said Hynes told him he was mov­ing too slow and pointed a nail gun at him. He al­leges Hynes had re­moved the safety on the nail-gun and then shot a three-and-a-half-inch nail at him.

Dlamini suf­fered a par­tially col­lapsed lung as a re­sult, which re­quired emer­gency surgery and left him in hospi­tal for four days.

The ac­cu­sa­tions have not been proven in court.

Dlamini also he had been fac­ing work­place ha­rass­ment for three weeks lead­ing up to the in­ci­dent.

PQ Prop­er­ties lawyer said no re­ports of ha­rass­ment were ever lodged with PQ.

“We take all our em­ploy­ees’ safety and well­be­ing very se­ri­ously,” Craig Clarke said in the re­lease fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent. “PQ Prop­er­ties Ltd. has poli­cies in place re­spect­ing work­place safety as well as ha­rass­ment and bul­ly­ing. We de­nounce any dis­crim­i­na­tory be­hav­ior of any kind in the strong­est terms.”

Af­ter reschedul­ing the court­date, Judge Del At­wood re­served the right to is­sue a war­rant should Hynes fail to ap­pear again Feb. 11.

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