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Beaten man admits prowling

A homeless man who was beaten by Devonshire residents who accused him of theft, has admitted to one count of prowling.

WInslow Edward “Scaley” Williams had been charged with two counts of prowling: one at a home on Loyal Hill Pass and a second on North Ridge Crescent.

He pleaded guilty to the second offence this week. The court declined to proceed on the first charge, which will remain on his file.

Williams was found unconscious on Foothills Road, Devonshire on November 4.

He had been set upon by residents from the Loyal Hill neighbourhood. A banner reading ‘Don't Steal in Loyal Hill' was later hung by North Shore Road.

The 44-year-old is to return to Supreme Court for mention on May 2, when a sentencing date will be set. He is currently being held in police custody.

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Published March 24, 2011 at 9:59 am (Updated March 24, 2011 at 9:59 am)

Beaten man admits prowling

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