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October 5, 2018

Nova Scotia construction company owner under social media fire after nail gun incident

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The owner of a Pictou County construction company has been receiving hateful emails and social media posts since a story broke Oct. 3 about an alleged nail gun shooting at a construction site.

Paul Quinn, owner of P.Q. Properties Ltd, has “received emails and posts from across Canada, calling him racist pig,” says attorney Craig Clarke.

According to Clarke, the messages started after CBC posted an online story about Nhlanhla Dlamini, 21, who told CBC he was working at the site of a new home in Abercrombie when his co-worker pulled back the safety on the air-powered tool, aimed it at him, and waited for him to start running before firing at him.

“So, it’s been very tough on him,” Clarke told on Oct. 4. Paul Quinn owns the company but is not the man accused of firing the nail gun.

According to the report by the CBC, on the day of the incident, Dlamini, who is black, said his co-worker accused him of working too slowly before threatening him with the nail gun.

A 43-year-old employee at P.Q. Properties was arrested Sept. 27 and is facing a charge of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, but police said the charges have not been laid yet. His name has not been released.

“The accused has been arrested, interviewed and released from custody,” said Pictou County RCMP Cpl. Ron Bryce.

He said on Oct. 4 that charges have not been laid yet.

Keep reading in The Chronicle Herald


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