Man who broke into his mother’s house twice avoids prison

Nuneaton Telegraph - - NEWS - Paul Beard Court Re­porter news@coven­try­tele­graph.net

A MAN broke into his mother’s Coven­try home within months of com­plet­ing a com­mu­nity or­der for do­ing ex­actly the same thing.

But Matthew Jakubecz has been given an­other chance – both by his mother and by a judge at War­wick Crown Court.

Jakubecz, 22, pleaded guilty at the court to charges of bur­glary and at­tempted bur­glary at his mother’s home in Keres­ley, where he also lived at the time.

He was given a com­mu­nity sen­tence with su­per­vi­sion for 12 months, and or­dered to take part in a ‘re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­ity’ by Recorder Adrian Red­grave QC who told him: “Let’s hope it works.”

Pros­e­cu­tor An­drew Tucker said: “Th­ese premises are the home of his own mother; and de­spite the fact that he has pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for bur­gling her house, he is her son, who she loves very dearly.

“De­spite the prob­lems he has with cannabis abuse, she has wanted to pro­vide him with a home.

“So it was that he had been wel­comed back to live there, de­spite a con­vic­tion in May 2014 for bur­gling the premises.”

Al­though Jakubecz was liv­ing there in Septem­ber, there were locks on some in­ter­nal doors to pre­vent him go­ing into cer­tain rooms. He was also not al­lowed to be in the house when no-one else was there. But on Septem­ber 4, when ev­ery­one was out, a neigh­bour heard a bang­ing noise and saw Jakubecz with a screw­driver in his hand try­ing to break in.

He left when he re­alised he had been seen, but four days later he again re­turned when no-one else was in the house and forced the front door open. He then forced the locked door to his mother’s bed­room and stole about £200 in £1 coins she had saved.

Mr Tucker said Jakubecz had caused about £300 worth of dam­age to the two doors – and be­cause he was liv­ing there at the time, his mother was un­able to claim on her in­sur­ance.

David Mur­ray, de­fend­ing, said that Jakubecz had been ‘sec­tioned’ as a child be­fore be­ing di­ag­nosed with ADHD when he was 14; and his mother has been frus­trated by the lack of ex­ter­nal sup­port she re­ceived.

But So­cial Ser­vices had now of­fered respite care for six weeks, which will take the form of Jakubecz be­ing chap­er­oned for at least four hours a day while she is at work.

So he will not be wan­der­ing the streets dur­ing the day, but will not be in the house un­ac­com­pa­nied.

Mr Mur­ray said the 105 days Jakubecz had been on re­mand in cus­tody had scared him, adding that his mother will wel­come him back ‘with the caveat that there are bound­aries that have to be set.’

Sen­tenc­ing Jakubecz, Recorder Red­grave told him: “It is to the eter­nal credit of your mother that, de­spite the fact you have been of­fend­ing against her, she has been work­ing hard to find a way for you re­turn­ing home with the risk of you com­mit­ting a bur­glary sub­stan­tially re­duced.”

Lind­sey Fitz­patrick (left), Dawn Beaty (cen­tre) and Ni­cola Jackson

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