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Diver blasted historic wrecks to sell as scrap

14 January 2014
Kathryn Kimberley

IN A landmark ruling in South Africa, a Port Elizabeth man was yesterday found guilty of illegally pillaging scrap metal along the Eastern Cape coastline.

Pleading guilty to the charges, former diving company owner Paul du Rand, 53, told a court how he used explosives to remove metal parts off shipwrecks, some dating back almost 150 years.

The parts were then sold to scrap metal dealers.

Du Rand, of Victoria Park, was convicted on three counts for contravening the National Heritage Resources Act and handed a suspended sentence.

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