Stephen Tynes, suspended Dalhousie medical student, heads to mental health court
30-year-old Truro man has sexual assault charge transferred, but will still go on trial in threats case
A suspended Dalhousie University medical student who allegedly told his psychiatrist he wanted to shoot 20 people and then kill himself will have an unrelated sexual assault charge against him dealt with in mental health court.
The lawyer for Stephen Gregory Tynes, 30, appeared in Halifax provincial court Tuesday afternoon to announce that the charge would be transferred to mental health court for a hearing later this month.
The sexual assault charge, which stems from an alleged incident in May 2013, was laid in March.
Tynes was also arrested last August and charged with two counts of uttering threats and one charge of engaging in threatening conduct. He's scheduled to go to trial on those charges on June 6.
According to search warrant documents, police allege Tynes, who was a medical student at Dalhousie University at the time, told a psychiatrist he planned to stab the associate dean of undergraduate medical education and her daughter, who was his classmate.
Police searched Tynes's apartment in Halifax and said they found two rifles and more than 1,800 rounds of ammunition, according to the documents.
Tynes is free on bail on the condition he stay at his father's home in Truro. He must remain 25 kilometres away from the Dalhousie campus in Halifax.