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Three-day trial for alleged nail gun shooter scheduled for September 2019

The man accused of shooting a co-worker with a nail gun last September has pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal negligence and assault with a weapon causing bodily harm.

The trial for Shawn Wade Hynes will now take place in September. Hynes’ lawyer, Andrew O’Blenis submitted the not-guilty pleas on Monday, March 25. The trial is scheduled to last for three days in September.

The final trial date, September 19, will also mark one year exactly since the alleged assault took place.

The incident occurred while both Hynes and Nhlanhla Dlamini were at a worksite in Abercrombie.

Dlamini’s injuries required emergency surgery to repair a partially collapsed lung, punctured by what Dlamini says was a 3 ½ inch framing nail. Hynes was arrest on Sept. 27 and subsequently released on conditions to have no contact with the victim.

Dlamini, who of African descent, says that the shooting came after weeks of racially charged harassment at the worksite by Hynes. Hynes has not been charged with a hate crime however.

On Nov. 15 Dlamini also filed a human rights complaint against his former employer, P.Q. Properties and a mutual resolution has since been reached.

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