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22-year-old city resident burgles his own mother's home

Coventry Editorial 4th Jan, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A MAN broke into his mother’s Coventry home within months of completing a community order for an earlier burglary at the house.

Matthew Jakubecz pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to burglary and attempted burglary of the house on Paxmead Close, Keresley, where he was living at the time.

Despite this, the 22-year-old was given another chance by both his mother and Recorder Adrian Redgrave QC who handed him a community sentence with supervision for 12 months and ordered him to take part in a rehabilitation activity.

Prosecutor Andrew Tucker said despite the fact he had burgled her home in May 2014 Jakubecz was ‘her son’ and she ‘loved him very dearly’.

He added the defendant had problems with cannabis abuse but his mother still wanted to provide him with a home and so had welcomed him back there.

The court heard because of previous incidents there were locks on some of the internal doors and he was also not allowed to be in the house when no-one else was.

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.

Realising he had been seen he left but returned four days later, forced the front door open and broke into his mother’s bedroom before stealing her savings of about £200 in £1 coins.

Mr Tucker said Jakubecz caused around £300 worth of damages to the doors and because he was living there at the time his mother could not claim on her insurance.

He was arrested at the house the following day and admitted his cannabis habit had left him in debt but denied carrying out the burglary. He later confessed the offences to his mother.

Mr Tucker added: “His mother says she is not sure prison is the right place for him, but while he has been in custody she has found some respite from his activities.”

David Murray, defending, said Jakubecz was ‘sectioned’ when he was 14-years-old before being diagnosed with ADHD and his mother had been frustrated by the lack of external support.

But social services had now offered respite care for six weeks which would see Jakubecz chaperoned for at least four hours a day while she was at work, so he would not be wandering the streets in the day or be in the house unaccompanied.

He added the 105 days Jacubecz had spent on remand in custody had scared him.

Recorder Redgrave said if Jacubecz burgled a house again he would face a minimum of three years behind bars.

He added: “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.”

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