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Monday, 21 January, 2002, 15:56 GMT
Firefighter stole US appeal cash
Glasgow Sheriff Court
Bain appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court
A firefighter pocketed money he collected for the families of his New York counterparts killed in the 11 September terrorist attacks, a court has heard.

Duncan Bain used the money to pay off debts to colleagues.

The 27-year-old, who told police he smoked heroin, has been dismissed from the brigade.

But he escaped with a 250 fine when he appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court.


Shoppers became suspicious after they saw him run away from the shop and vault over a nearby fence

Depute fiscal Kay Potter
Bain, of Holmshill Drive, Cambuslang, Glasgow, had earlier admitted the theft charge.

Depute fiscal Kay Potter told the court that Bain, who worked at Maryhill Fire Station, had collected the cash outside the Safeway supermarket in Rutherglen.

More than 300 New York firefighters were killed on 11 September as they tried to save workers trapped in the twin towers.

"Bain wore his fire brigade uniform and told shop managers that he wanted to collect money for the New York firefighters fund," said Ms Potter.

"He stood outside the supermarket's door with a collection tin for just over two hours.

Fire engine
Bain has left the fire brigade
"Shoppers became suspicious after they saw him run away from the shop and vault over a nearby fence."

The shop's managers phoned his fire station after they were alerted by the customers, to be told that Bain did not have permission to collect money.

"During the subsequent police interview Bain admitted smoking heroin," she said.

"He also admitted to taking the cash from the collection tin."

Defence solicitor Des McCaffrey told the court that Bain was "grievously ashamed" of stealing the cash.

"He is deeply relieved that the case is now being dealt with and he accepts that there is no excuse for committing this crime," he said.


He was in a car crash almost two years ago and started to smoke the drug because he thought it could relieve the pain he felt

Des McCaffrey
Defence solicitor
"He started off with good intentions. He wanted to help the New York firefighters but he also had to pay off debts to his fellow firefighters.

"He had the intention of returning the cash to the tin one week later after he had been paid."

He said his client was a first offender who had a "distinguished time" serving in the army before joining the fire brigade.

However, he has now left the brigade after being dismissed from his position.

"He is also seeking help for his problem with heroin," he added.

"He was in a car crash almost two years ago and started to smoke the drug because he thought it could relieve the pain he felt."

See also:

23 Oct 01 | Scotland
Scots tribute to US firefighters
19 Oct 01 | Scotland
Liddell pays tribute in New York
25 Sep 01 | Scotland
Liddell calls for 'cool heads'
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