A Kamloops man who inadvertently shot his neighbour after firing a gun through the wall of a Brocklehurst apartment in 2017 has had his sentencing delayed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 10 — days before Canada began to shut down due to the spread of the novel coronavirus — a B.C. Supreme Court jury took just a couple of hours to convict Bradley Hartling on five of the six charges he had been facing.
Hartling fired a gun inside an apartment at 805 Holt St. in the early-morning hours of Nov. 4, 2017. The bullet went through a wall and struck a man sleeping in an adjacent suite.
The man struck by the bullet, Derek Cornies, told court he woke up with a mysterious hole in his hand. He assumed he had cut himself on a mattress spring, but later found a bullet on his bed. His wife also located a bullet hole in the wall.
At trial, jurors were told a gun Hartling was holding was inadvertently fired during a robbery. Defence lawyer Lisa Scruton argued Hartling had been framed, but jurors were not convinced.
The jury found Hartling guilty of armed robbery, assault with a weapon, careless use of a firearm, careless storage of a firearm, uttering threats and pointing a firearm. He was acquitted on a charge of using a firearm in the commission of an offence.
A pre-sentence report was ordered, but its completion was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Scruton said during a brief hearing on Monday.
Lawyers are slated to return to court on July 6 to set a date for Hartling’s sentencing.
Hartling remains in custody.