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Pilot convicted in 2014 attack on Hydro-Québec power lines wanted for breaking bail conditions

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Normand Dubé. Friday, Dec. 18, 2020.
A warrant was issued for the arrest of Normand Dubé. Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. SQ handout

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Quebec man who is appealing a pair of convictions, including for an aerial attack on Hydro-Quebec power lines in 2014.

Normand Dubé, described in local media as a “pilot to the stars” for his past life transporting Quebec entertainers, failed to report to a detention centre after having his bail revoked this week.

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Dubé, 58, was sentenced in 2018 to seven years in prison for the attack carried out using his small plane, which cost the public utility $28.6 million and plunged 180,000 people into darkness.

He was also found guilty of arson and threats against civil servants in another case, receiving a nine-year sentence the following year.

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Dubé was appealing both guilty verdicts and had been granted bail with strict conditions that included reporting his movements to provincial police and respecting a curfew.

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On Monday, a Quebec Court of Appeal judge revoked his bail, ordering him to present himself to a detention centre by Thursday for failing to abide by conditions.

Dubé is five-foot-six in height, weighs 141 lbs, has grey hair and blue eyes.

Quebec provincial police (SQ)  say anyone who sees Dubé should call 9-1-1 and not approach him.

Anyone with information on Dubé’s whereabouts are being asked to contact the SQ’s anonymous tip line at 1-800-659-4264.

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With files from Global News’ Annabelle Olivier

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