SHEER COURAGE: Lee Hall struggles to comprehend how people could rob her unconscious son?s home.
SHEER COURAGE: Lee Hall struggles to comprehend how people could rob her unconscious son?s home.

LOW- LIFES

By EMMA CORNFORD

ecornford@dailyexaminer.com.au

LEE Hall is resigned to the fact that she may never know what happened to her son, Michael Beckman, on May 26, the night he was found lying unconscious in Dobie Street, Grafton.

Michael has been in a coma at the Gold Coast Hospital ever since.

And while Ms Hall accepts her son may never regain consciousness, what she cannot understand is the act of some 'low-lifes' who recently broke into Michael's flat and stole almost everything from it.

"I just cannot believe how anyone could do this. I was furious when I found out. I mean, they have taken pretty much everything ... including things like his toothbrush and deodorant," Ms Hall said. "When I found out I looked at Michael lying there in the hospital and I just thought 'you poor bugger. I'm so glad that you don't know they've done this to you'."

After Michael's accident, the family removed the television, DVD player and stereo from his flat as a precaution. They never thought anyone would go in and steal practically everything else.

Ms Hall said she was sure the thieves knew about Michael's condition.

"The prognosis is that he will never wake up, or if he does he'll spend the rest of his life in a nursing home. I'm sure that the people who did this know. They probably think that he won't need that stuff anymore so they might as well take it," she said.

"I'm over the anger now ? I just keep on thinking 'how could they do this?'. I wouldn't be able to do that to my worst enemy."

Ms Hall believes her son, who was diagnosed a paranoid schizophrenic when he was 21, was hit by a truck or a bus on the evening he was found lying in the middle of the street.

"A lot of heavy vehicles go down the street and when he's in one of his states he would often just walk out into the middle of the street without looking. I don't believe (the driver) would even know ... and I kind of hope they never do," she said.

"Because of his illness he would make a nuisance of himself and would get very agitated and cry, but on the other side of the coin he was an exceedingly intelligent person. He was just such a thoughtful, loving person. He'd give you his last bob if you asked him and I know that these people knew that. I just thought 'you dirty dogs, you know he would give you anything, but you had to go and take all his stuff'.

"It is a bit hard not knowing what happened with the accident, but to me there's no use worrying about something you can't do anything about. But for someone to know what had happened to him and to go and break in and steal everything ..." Ms Hall trailed off, shaking her head.

"Life with him and his illness has been hard, but I keep on telling him that I love him more than all the grains of sand on every beach in the world ? because I do."

Ms Hall only returned to Grafton on Thursday ? she has been by Michael's bedside since the accident. She said the amount of support she had received from everyone, from her family to her best friend Jude, was amazing.

"Despite this revolting robbery, there are so many other people who are so loving, kind and generous and it astounds me. I couldn't have got through this without them."



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