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Dundee man facing reckless electricity charge fails to attend court

Dudhope Court
Image caption Charles McKenzie is accused of building a home-made generator in his flat at Dudhope Court

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a man accused of "recklessly producing household electricity" in a 14th storey Dundee flat.

Charles McKenzie was due to appear at Dundee Sheriff Court over claims he had assembled a DIY power station.

Sheriff Eric Brown granted a warrant for his arrest after he failed to appear at court.

The 55-year-old had earlier pleaded not guilty to a charge of culpable and reckless conduct.

Mr McKenzie is accused of rigging up a homemade generator system at his flat in Dundee's Dudhope Court.

It is alleged he constructed a "dangerous man made transformer assembly" using a petrol fuel generator suspended from his ceiling by ropes at the flat on 28 August last year.

Safety issues

He is accused of connecting the generator to a 12 volt car battery and an inverter, used to transform power from DC to AC, and then to an extension lead.

Prosecutors say he showed a "total disregard for the safety of yourself and others and to the danger of the lieges".

His lawyers told the court they had been unable to contact him to secure his appearance.

Fiscal depute Lynne Mannion asked for a warrant for his arrest to be issued which Sheriff Brown granted.

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