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Thief bursts into flames after urinating in an electricity substation he was trying to rob

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transformerA THIEF burst into flames after urinating against a transformer in an electricity substation he was attempting to rob.

He was left writhing on the ground in burning oil by his accomplice, who ran off, and has been left permanently disfigured.

He has now also been jailed for one year.

Michael Harper, 36, suffered serious burns in the blast at the electricity substation under a railway arch in Leicester, central England.

The father of two was left burning on the floor by his accomplice, 50-year-old Richard Boyce, who tried to drive off but later was found by police with blistered hands.

Both were intending to steal metal from the electricity substation.

Harper was jailed for a year after pleading guilty to burglary and criminal damage at Leicester Crown Court, while Boyce was sentenced to four years in jail.

Prosecutor Sian Cutter said Boyce told police the explosion happened when Harper urinated against a transformer. She added that the explosion set fire to oil that Boyce, who claimed to have knowledge as an electrician, drained from inside the conductors to insulate against electrical changes.

The explosion left 2000 homes and businesses without power and caused £26,500 ($42,000) damage as the two men tried to take metal from the station last March.

Harper was jailed for a year after pleading guilty to burglary and criminal damage at Leicester Crown Court, while Boyce was sentenced to four years in jail.


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