Paddy’s se­cu­rity reg­is­ter stolen

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

A MAN who stole the se­cu­rity reg­is­ter at an Air­lie Beach nightspot has been fined $350.

Matthew James Regi­nald Dear­ing, 22, pleaded guilty in Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day to steal­ing.

Prose­cu­tor Robert Beamish told the court po­lice pa­trolling the Air­lie Beach Safe Night Precinct were flagged down by Paddy’s Shenani­gans Ir­ish Bar se­cu­rity staff at 2.30am on Oc­to­ber 22 and told that some­one had stolen the pub’s se­cu­rity reg­is­ter which was in a green folder.

The bar’s se­cu­rity staff later lo­cated Dear­ing at 3.20am and called po­lice, Mr Beamish said.

The court heard CCTV footage from the bar showed Dear­ing walk­ing out of Paddy’s Shenani­gans with the se­cu­rity folder.

He was also seen “rum­mag­ing through the reg­is­ter” be­fore en­ter­ing the burnt-out for No­mads Car­a­van Park build­ing fur­ther down the street, Mr Beamish said. When po­lice ques­tioned Dear­ing about steal­ing the reg­is­ter he ini­tially said he did not go to the bar be­cause “he was way too drunk”, Mr Beamish said.

How­ever, when shown the CCTV footage, he ad­mit­ted do­ing it.

Rep­re­sent­ing him­self in court, Dear­ing said it was “a stupid drunken mis­take”.

“It was not im­por­tant to me,” he said.

A con­vic­tion was not recorded by the court.

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