Char­ity fails in bid to re­cover $10 from home­less man

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

LIFE­LINE tried to claim resti­tu­tion from a home­less man who had stolen $10 in cloth­ing from their South­port store, the South­port Mag­is­trates Court was told.

Lau­rence Beau­mont, 58, yes­ter­day pleaded guilty to a sin­gle charge of steal­ing.

Prose­cu­tor Donn Reid told the court Beau­mont took a T-shirt and jeans from the South­port shop on Novem­ber 18 last year.

After tak­ing the clothes, Beau­mont stripped on Rail­way St, changed his clothes and fled, Mr Reid told the court. Duty lawyer Kate Stacey told the court Beau­mont had un­der­gone re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion for al­co­hol ad­dic­tion.

Beau­mont had spent a night in cus­tody over the theft. Mag­is­trate Joan White con­victed Beau­mont but de­clined to fur­ther pun­ish him and did not make an or­der for resti­tu­tion.

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