Jail for burglar who did not bother with unpaid work

News from the Boston Standard, Lincolnshire: bostonstandard.co.uk, on Twitter @standardboston
News from the Boston Standard, Lincolnshire: bostonstandard.co.uk, on Twitter @standardboston

A burglar who failed to carry out unpaid work after being given a chance by a judge was jailed for 34 weeks at Lincoln Crown Court.

Robert Gutalewicz failed to complete a single hour of the 200 hour order imposed in April along with a suspended jail sentence after he was caught red-handed breaking into a house in Sleaford Road, Boston.

Gutalewicz , who was homeless at the time, broke into the property looking to steal cash but was surprised when the occupant returned home in the middle of the afternoon.

The woman challenged him but he fled from the house with a rucksack containing items he had stolen. The victim called police and he was arrested just 100 yards away.

Mark Knowles, prosecuting, said that Gutalewicz missed seven unpaid work sessions and failed to provide a satisfactory explanation for any of the absences.

He also failed to keep in touch with his offender manager, as required by the original court order, and faced a further charge after being stopped in Boston and found with £20 worth of amphetamine.

Mr Knowles said “He was given an opportunity by the court and has systematically failed to adhere to the order and has failed to keep in contact. He has done no hours of the 200 that were designated.”

Gutalewicz ,31, of Bowman Close, Boston, admitted breach of an unpaid work order and possession of amphetamine in a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court yesterday.

Recorder Nigel Daly told him “You were given the opportunity of a community order with a supervision requirement designed to assist you.

“You were told what would happen to you if you did not comply with the order and that is precisely what is going to happen.”

Liz Harte, defending, said Gutalewicz is an addict whose drug problem needs to be addressed.

“He is a hard-working young man. This has been the issue in his case. He has totally prioritised his work.”

She urged the court to give Gutalewicz a further chance to show he could comply with the original order.