Man dubbed 'pilot to the stars' sought by Quebec police for breaking bail conditions

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MONTREAL — 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 Dube, 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.

Dube 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.

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

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.

Quebec provincial police say anyone who sees Dube should call 911 and not approach him.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 18, 2020.

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