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Thief melted his arm sawing 11,000V wire.


A SCRAP metal thief melted his arm and plunged scores of properties into darkness after sawing through a 11,000-volt cable.

William Durnan, 44, survived the blast but ended up "looking like the professor from Back to the Future, with his clothing and hair burned to a cinder," a court heard yesterday.

The explosion blacked out homes and businesses in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, on August 19. Durnan admitted he had been stealing copper cable from a junction box on the outskirts of the town.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard he thought the power was off and sawed the wire.

Sentence was deferred until next month.

Durnan, of Dalry, Ayrshire, said he was lucky to survive. He added: "My arm melted. I had to get plastic surgery."


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 19, 2013
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