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Shaun Stewart, guilty of son's manslaughter, surrenders to police

Shaun Stewart
Image caption Shaun Stewart disappeared during his trial at Sheffield Crown Court

A man from Barnsley who went on the run before being found guilty of his son's manslaughter has handed himself in to South Yorkshire Police.

Brent Campbell, 29, died in March 2012 after touching live power cables during a raid on a pumping station with his father, Shaun Stewart, 53.

Stewart, from Lord Street, Barnsley, was found guilty in his absence earlier this month after he disappeared during his trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

He was sentenced to five years in jail.

Electrical flash burns

The court heard the pair had chopped down a wooden pole supporting live power lines, causing a short circuit that cut off electricity to 2,300 homes in the Barnsley area.

As Mr Campbell was gathering up the fallen wire, the power supply was automatically reconnected sending 11,000 volts through his body.

South Yorkshire Police said Stewart had fled the scene after his son's electrocution but was arrested after going to hospital for treatment for electrical flash burns.

Stewart disappeared from court during his subsequent trial and police issued a warrant for his arrest.

He gave himself up after a public appeal to find him, said South Yorkshire Police.

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