A woman charged in connection with a pepper spray attack on a Toronto crisis pregnancy counsellor last summer was due in court Dec. 23 for a hearing to set a trial date

Carol Ann Trueman, an employee of the Stop 86 women’s shelter in Toronto, was charged with assault with a weapon after Robert Hinchey of the Aid to Women agency was sprayed in the face with a noxious substance while assisting a pregnant woman at St. Michael’s Hospital.

Hinchey was treated at the scene for injuries he suffered while the ward was cleared after firefighters responded.

Trueman failed to appear in court for her first hearing and a “discretionary warrant” was issued for her arrest. That was rescinded after she showed up for her second hearing and had matters remanded to Dec. 23.