Homeless man in Mandurah court for lighting a fire to stay warm

A HOMELESS man who lit a fire at a childcare centre to stay warm appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court on Tuesday in relation to this offence.

Connor Michael Mills pleaded guilty to criminal damage, possession of a cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia, stealing and two counts of trespass.

The police prosecutor told the court Mills jumped the fence at Good Start Early Learning on June 9.

He lit a fire about 4.30pm, on the carpeted area, which caused damage the size of dinner plate.

Mills also trespassed on two properties in Golden Bay and Secret Harbour looking for somewhere to sleep.

At the Secret Harbour property, which was empty at the time, police found him hiding in a closet.

On June 9, he was searched by police at the roadside, they found marijuana and a bong in his possession.

Counsel for the accused told the court his client had been sleeping rough for a long time.

He sought shelter and collected some twigs to light the fire.

The incidents occurred within a fortnight in the middle of winter.

“He found himself at a young age with no supervision,” counsel said.

“He is staying with a friend now.

“This is the most stable environment he’s been in for some time.”

He was placed on a six month community based order with program requirements.