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