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#1 Duffman

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 03:13 PM

http://www.bbc.co.uk...-leeds-13678266

A self-confessed metal thief who was seriously burned trying to steal live power cables said his injuries were so bad his daughter did not recognise him in hospital.

James Sorby, 22, of Cavalier Close, Cross Green, Leeds, was left close to death after being hit with a 21,000 volt shock at a power sub-station.
The impact blew part of his skull off, leaving his brain exposed.

Leeds magistrates gave him a 12-month community service order for burglary.

He said the exact detail of what happened during the incident at Skelton Grange earlier this year is unclear.
He said: "All I can remember is going into the empty warehouse. I definitely didn't grab the cabling with my hands because I wouldn't do something like that, but I accept I was there to steal the cabling because there was no other reason for me to be there. The next thing I remember is the ambulance arriving. I was in a bad way."

Sorby said ambulance staff cut off his clothes.
"There was blood everywhere. It was coming out of the top of my head, my ears, my nose, and from my gums. I was taken to hospital, and the first 48 hours were crucial because that's the time when you're said to 'cook' inside. The pain was unbelievable and the doctors told me I only survived because I am so young and fit, which also means my injuries won't take as long to heal. If I had been older it would have been a lot worse. The skin grafts were horrible and they had to take the staples out of my skin while I was awake.
One morning when I woke the skin which had been grafted onto my face had stuck to the pillow, and it had to be done again."

He said he had not seen his three-year-old daughter until eight weeks after the incident because he was so badly injured.
He said: "When I finally got to see her, she didn't know who I was. It wasn't until she could smell me and hear my voice that she realised I was her dad and not some stranger. It was a horrible experience to realise that your own daughter didn't know who you were."

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#2 Wcarnby

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 03:16 PM

I hope he gets the compensation he deserves, poor lad. :vom:

#3 Obain

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 03:20 PM

Oh no. What a shame.

In other news I'm out of ice cream.

#4 Duffman

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 03:21 PM

Oh no. What a shame.
In other news I'm out of ice cream.


Can someone (who knows how) set up a 'Compassion Poll' ??

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 03:27 PM

The impact blew part of his skull off, leaving his brain exposed.



He actually has a brain then?

#6 Wcarnby

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 03:30 PM

He actually has a brain then?

I think they meant "where a normal human brain would be"

#7 Heimdall

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 03:41 PM

:vom:

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 03:49 PM

My sympathy counter seems to be stuck at 0..... No wait it never moved, silly me.

Well at least he got a buzz from steeling.

Edited by Enraged flea 1, 07 June 2011 - 03:52 PM.


#9 Rocket

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 03:50 PM

I'll bet he was eyeing up all those valuable copper cables that were connected to his life support machines too...

#10 Burnsy2023

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 03:55 PM

Looks like natural selection doesn't always work then...

#11 Wiggle

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 03:59 PM

Let me get the worlds smallest violin.

Wait...who's stolen my strings?!

Edited by Wiggle, 07 June 2011 - 04:00 PM.


#12 Train Boy

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 03:59 PM

I'll bet his injuries came as a bit of a shock :vom:

#13 Nim

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 04:21 PM

I'll bet his injuries came as a bit of a shock :vom:


Oh dear... Worst comeback. EVER.

#14 Tisi

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 04:38 PM

Nice to see we're all part of a caring community. This poor bloke is so badly burnt that his own daughter doesn't recognise him for goodness sake! He was close to death and......................actually I can't keep this up. Am I supposed to have sympathy?

#15 Rocket

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 04:40 PM

Nice to see we're all part of a caring community. This poor bloke is so badly burnt that his own daughter doesn't recognise him for goodness sake! He was close to death and......................actually I can't keep this up. Am I supposed to have sympathy?


Well done, you had me going there! :D

Anyway, good to see that the offender was charged.

#16 samt

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 04:49 PM

Anyway, good to see that the offender was charged.

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#17 RedCap

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 05:28 PM

one for this years Darwin awards.

#18 Rocket

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 05:38 PM

one for this years Darwin awards.


Not this year, he hasn't yet met full Darwin Award criteria. An honorary award for sure though.

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 06:32 PM

and the safety message of " please don't try this at home or you'll end up like me , it's not worth it, i'll never do it again, i'm so remorsefull"
is where in that electrifying report...Posted Image

he has a community order, in which people will stare at him and ask the inevitably!,and he has to live with that for life, waiting for a tv claims firm " have YOU been injured in an accident that WASN'T your fault..

Edited by Headset57, 07 June 2011 - 06:35 PM.


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Posted 07 June 2011 - 06:37 PM

There is a moral to that story in there, somewhere. It isn't from the magistrates though!

#21 David

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 06:41 PM

I wonder if he will try and blame the building's owner for not having warning signs on it - and then sue?

#22 Wiggle

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 06:45 PM

I wonder if he will try and blame the building's owner for not having warning signs on it - and then sue?

He probably could!

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 08:52 PM

Watt a re-volt-ing waste of money for an already cash-strapped NHS. They should put up some resistance to having to pay for the care of people like this idiot who only has himself to blame. Let's be frank, despite the best efforts of various governments and managers our NHS is still the envy of the world, the joule in the crown, so to speak.

Ah well, at least this bloke will have amp-le time to reflect on his current circumstances before he goes ohm.

Sorry.

#24 HarryB

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 08:54 PM

He actually has a brain then?


Mate, if brains were dynamite, he wouldn't have enough to blow his nose...

It must have been a truly shocking experience for him... :whistle2:

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 09:01 PM

Watt a re-volt-ing waste of money for an already cash-strapped NHS. They should put up some resistance to having to pay for the care of people like this idiot who only has himself to blame. Let's be frank, despite the best efforts of various governments and managers our NHS is still the envy of the world, the joule in the crown, so to speak.

Ah well, at least this bloke will have amp-le time to reflect on his current circumstances before he goes ohm.

Sorry.

Ohm-y goodness. Can they get any worse?