Man shot rescue line at pylon causing blackout

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A man who caused an electricity blackout which left thousands of homes in darkness has appeared in court.

Mindaugas Paulauskas (26) fired a powered rescue line at an electricity pylon at Peterhead’s Prunier Drive on January 5.

The gun-like device, which is used by lifeboat crews on difficult sea rescues, was damaged when it hit the power line.

The shot caused a town-wide blackout, with thousands of homes left without power for much of the evening.

Sentence was deferred at Peterhead Sheriff Court on Thursday to allow time for background reports on the Lithuanian national.

Sheriff Gregor Murray said: “I can just about accept that you have complied with the Social Work Department’s requests to meet with them.

“For that reason, and with some reluctance, I am prepared to defer sentence for two weeks.”

Paulauskas will return to court on March 15.