Burglar jailed after two pensioners found him in their bungalows

PUBLISHED: 13:01 13 November 2019 | UPDATED: 15:14 13 November 2019

Matthew Jackman appeared in Exeter Crown Court. Picture: D&C Police/Archant

Matthew Jackman appeared in Exeter Crown Court. Picture: D&C Police/Archant


A burglar has been jailed after he was caught inside the bungalows of two pensioners in a seaside town in the middle of the night.

Matthew Jackman came face to face with an 89-year-old grandmother and an 80-year-old man after breaking into their homes in Seaton, East Devon, on the same night in September.

The court heard in one of the raids, he pretended he was looking for a woman called Emma after coming face to face with a pensioner.

His excuse did not fool the householder who chased him down the road and tried to recover a cash tin which Jackman had snatched from a windowsill.

He refused to hand it over but gave him £2 and begged him not to call the police.

Jackman was identified by DNA from the burglaries. He has a criminal record of 139 offences including 20 previous dwelling house break-ins.

He had been out of prison for only a few weeks after being released half way through a four year, six months sentence for a burglary in Exeter where he was caught because he left his false teeth at the scene.

Jackman, aged 57, of no fixed address, admitted two burglaries and was jailed for four years and eight months by Judge Peter Johnson at Exeter Crown Court on Wednesday, November 13.

The judge said: "You have many convictions for dwelling house burglaries and were last sentenced in July 2017. You had been released on licence when you committed these burglaries in Seaton.

"They were at night, when you were heavily in drink, and on each occasion the occupier has been confronted by you."

Robert Yates, prosecuting, said the first offence happened at around 11pm on September 14 when the 89-year-old woman heard someone in her bungalow in Townsend Road.

She thought it may be her grandson visiting her but instead found Jackman who told her 'Sorry, I'll come back tomorrow. Make sure you lock your doors'.

He struck again 45 minutes later at a bungalow about 100 metres away at Newlands Park, where the 80-year-old was in bed.

He told police he had drunk a bottle of gin and a bottle of wine on the night and he had little memory of what he had done.

Lee Bremridge, defending, said Jackman is a different person when he is not drinking or taking drugs.

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