Stolen mil­i­tary medals re­turned

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

MIL­I­TARY medals that did not be­long to him were among the items a man was found with when he was ar­rested in Air­lie Beach.

Jamie Wil­liam Lang, 39, of Bagotville in NSW, pleaded guilty in a video link to Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day to a charge of un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of sus­pected stolen prop­erty.

Pros­e­cu­tor Robert Beamish told the court po­lice found five mil­i­tary medals on a chest board, a mil­i­tary bucket hat and a sewing kit in a bag Lang had when they ar­rested him for an­other mat­ter in Air­lie Beach on Novem­ber 19.

Lang told po­lice at the time the items were in the pocket of a jacket he swapped for metham­phetamines in Bris­bane’s north­ern sub­urbs, Mr Beamish said. Lang told po­lice at the time he knew the clothes were stolen.

Rep­re­sent­ing him­self in court, Lang said he had just been re­leased af­ter spend­ing two years in prison and wanted some clothes how­ever he said he would not steal the medals and wanted them re­turned to their owner.

“I wouldn’t steal them. There’s no money in that,” Lang said. He told the court he in­formed po­lice about the items and gave them an ad­dress to re­turn the items.

Magistrate Si­mon Young said Lang had a “sig­nif­i­cant de­gree of moral cul­pa­bil­ity” af­ter be­ing found with the items, which had since been handed back to their owner.

He said Lang also had “an ex­ten­sive his­tory of dis­hon­esty in Queens­land”.

Mr Young sen­tenced Lang to two months in prison to be served con­cur­rently with a prison sen­tence he is al­ready serv­ing.

He will be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 20.

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