A MAN whose son died after the pair tried to steal cables from a Barnsley sub-station has been convicted of manslaughter.

Shaun Kenny Stewart had denied the offence and a second charge of attempted theft but absconded from Sheffield Crown Court part way through his trial. A warrant for his arrest has been issued by the court.

The 52-year-old, of Lord Street, Barnsley, was found guilty of both charges in his absence.

He was sentenced to five years for manslaughter and three years for attempted theft. The sentences are to run concurrently.

Stewart had gone to Tyers Hall Pumping Station with his son where their attempts to disconnect live power lines resulted in 29-year-old Brent Shaun Campbell being electrocuted.

The incident, on March 26, 2012, caused the system to trip, cutting power to scores of homes across the district.

Brent's body was found a short distance away from the severed power lines by engineers responding to the loss of electricity.

Stewart had fled the scene before emergency services arrived but was arrested by police after going to hospital for treatment of electrical flash burns.