Prolific raider has driving ban cut by judges

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A prolific burglar who crashed a stolen car while drunk after breaking into an empty house with an accomplice has had his driving ban cut on appeal.

Jack Roman Mikolajczak, who has a long criminal record, was caught after leaving muddy footprints in the house and DNA inside the car.

The 21-year-old, of Goldstone Drive, Norcross, was jailed for 26 months and disqualified from driving for five years at Preston Crown Court in June, after admitting burglary and aggravated vehicle taking.

But his driving ban has now been slashed to two years by judges sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, who said the original disqualification was ‘excessive’.

The judges refused to alter his jail term, however, saying it was justified in light of his previous convictions and the serious nature of this crimes.

The court heard Mikolajczak and his partner in crime burgled a house at about 5am on February 8, stealing a television, laptop, other electrical items and the keys to a Citroen Picasso. The pair, who were drunk at the time, then took off in the car - with Mikolajczak driving and his accomplice in the passenger seat - before crashing into a parked BMW and leaving the stolen vehicle on its roof.

Most of the stolen goods, apart from the television, were found dumped nearby and returned to their owner.

The court heard Mikolajczak had only been released from a jail term for a previous burglary five weeks before the incident. He also had three other burglary convictions, dating back to August 2011.

His lawyers argued his jail term and driving ban were over the top.