Alleged assault on psych nurse may not make trial


KAMLOOPS - A psychological assessment for a man accused of assaulting a nurse at a psychiatric care facility in Kamloops last year is expected to be delayed.

David Gray is charged with assault for an incident last year at Hillside Centre, a tertiary psychiatric care facility in Kamloops. The man in his late 50s is accused of punching a nurse in the face on Dec. 14, 2013. The alleged incident prompted the B.C. Nurses’ Union to raise questions about the safety of minimum staffing levels, citing 64 physically violent incidents in 2013 at the time of the incident.

Gray’s hearing comes in the wake of a similar situation. Chad Heinz Neuendorf was deemed not criminally responsible by way of mental illness for two assaults at the same facility a month before Gray’s alleged attack.

Neuendorf was charged with two counts of assault for incidents dating back to Nov. 15 and Nov. 17, 2013 at the centre. The man in his mid-30s was deemed not criminally responsible for two separate attacks during a hearing before a Kamloops provincial court judge on Friday.

Gray is expected to appear in court mid-February to schedule a psychological assessment.

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