PICTOU, N.S. — A Nova Scotia man who shot a young, Black co-worker with a nail gun has received a conditional sentence from a judge who cited the province’s history of racism in his decision.
Provincial court Judge Del Atwood said today construction worker Shawn Wade Hynes will serve his sentence in the community and carry out community service with a focus on respect in the workplace.
Atwood ordered him to pay $2,080 in restitution to the victim, Nhlanhla Dlamini, and gave Hynes one year probation.
The Trenton, N.S., resident was convicted of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon in September 2019 for shooting Dlamini — who is in his 20s — with a framing nailer at a construction site in Abercrombie, N.S., on Sept. 19, 2018.
Dlamini suffered a punctured lung from the 3.5-inch nail and was unable to work for over a month.
Atwood noted in his sentence of Hynes, who is white, that “anti-Black discrimination is a historic fact that is continuing.”
The judge said he believed the veteran worker viewed the young man — whose family is from South Africa — as “someone lesser, someone vulnerable.”
The defence had argued for a suspended sentence and probation, saying that Hynes had suffered a great deal from negative publicity, that his actions were out of character and that he had never committed an offence before.