Burglar jailed - Bedford

17/07/2015

A student in Bedford, who returned to her rented house alone, realised someone had broken in and was inside her bedroom.

The alarmed young woman immediately sought help from two doormen at a pub opposite the house in Mill Street, Bedford, and they detained the man as he left the property and kept him until police arrived.

In fact, 19-year-old Mateusz Stefankiewicz had taken nothing from the bedroom. He was said to have been in an acute psychotic state from amphetamine and alcohol misuse and was looking for somewhere to sleep.

His barrister, Kathryn Hovington, told Luton Crown Court on Friday, 17 July 2015: "He has been in custody for five months which seems to have had a good effect on him. He is clean of drugs and in a stable mental state and has been attending English lessons daily. He was paranoid at the time and was hearing voices and thought his life was being threatened. He wants to express his deep regret for that evening and feels very bad about it."

Stefankiewicz, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to committing the burglary on 20 February this year. He was sentenced to 13 months detention.

Judge Michael Kay QC told him: "The best this court can hope for is that you have learned our lesson. You will shortly be released and there is plenty of help in the community if you wish to take it up."

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