Tramps `Robbed of Their Benefits'
Byline: By Garry Willey
Street sleeper Trevor Yallop's alleged killer boasted of how he beat up down and outs and robbed them of their Giros, a murder jury heard.
Prosecutors claim Hugh Lambert kicked and stamped to death the 42-year-old, nicknamed Trebor, in a merciless assault as the victim slept rough near Newcastle's City Library.
Lambert later told detectives he felt sorry for people living on the streets, even buying drink for some of them.
But security guard Graham Rodgers said the 23-year-old instead bragged of violently targeting tramps and alcoholics for their cash. Mr Rodgers told Newcastle Crown Court Lambert spoke to him at Eldon Square just weeks before the killing.
"He seemed a little drunk and he said he had been drinking all afternoon," the guard said.
He was bragging of how he filled in down and outs and drunks and that he went around filling in tramps and taking their money.
"He got to the point where he was naming dates; how they got their Giros and that he would wait for them outside the post office and take the money. …