Burglar gets shock in shed raid

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A BURGLAR suffered a massive electric shock after breaking into an industrial outbuilding.

Clayton Raines was hospitalised for 48 hours after forcing his way into a compression shed at Hanson Aggregates UK in the early hours of Wednesday September 11.

Wigan Magistrates’ Court heard how the 24-year-old had earlier been escorted off the firm’s Golborne site at about 6am, only to return an hour later and break into the shed.

Mike Ardern, prosecuting, told how he was initially spotted by a member of staff and claimed he was lost.

Later, staff noticed that the power had gone down in one area of the site and went to the compression shed to investigate.

They found Raines inside, took him to the site office and called the police.

The defendant, who had suffered a massive electric shock, was subsequently taken to hospital for treatment.

As well as damaging the shed door, Raines had also managed to switch off the power and cause damage to the inside of the shed. In interview, Raines, who had taken amphetamines before committing the offence, said he had no recollection of the incident - but did not dispute what was alleged.

He subsequently pleaded guilty to burglary of a non-dwelling with intent to steal.

Raines, of Enid Place Bamfurlong, also pleaded guilty to separate charges of possession of amphetamine on September 5 and failing to surrender to police on September 10.

Colin Rawson, defending, told how his client had suffered the massive electric shock while tampering with equipment inside the compression shed, adding that his “misbehaviour” could have had even more serious consequences.

He told how Raines was “talking nonsense” when the police arrived - partly because of the effects of the shock - but argued that it was a burglary of a non-dwelling property in which no items were taken.

Magistrates handed Raines a 12-month community orderwith 300 hours of unpaid work.

He was ordered to pay £400 in compensation.