Serial thief jailed for chisel attack

Terri Matthews - burglary jailed for 8 and a half years @ PCC
Terri Matthews - burglary jailed for 8 and a half years @ PCC
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A thief who struck out at a man with a chisel after he was caught trying to burgle a house has been jailed for eight and a half years.

High on Valium, Terri Matthews hit his victim with the tool after finding the man asleep on the sofa of a home in Middle Street, Blackpool.

The man, had been staying with a friend on September 10 before doing decorating work there the next day.

Preston Crown Court heard he was struck on the thigh with the chisel, but bravely resisted Matthews’ demands to hand over cash before managing to force him out of the property.

The defendant had taken a purse and Ipod case.

Prosecutors said just three days later, Matthews was involved in another confrontation when he burgled a home on Gloucester Road, Blackpool.

A man living there was woken by noises and went downstairs to see his front door wide open and the living room and hallway lights on.

Matthews was hunched over a TV stand.

The 37-year-old of Princess Street, Blackpool pleaded guilty to one charge of aggravated burglary, plus one offence of common assault, three of taking a vehicle without consent, plus a second burglary.

Nick Kennedy, defending, said Matthews had been taking Valium at the time because of a difficulty that he had in his life. As a result, it forced him off the “right path”.

“After the defendant was arrested he did attempt to take his own life at Blackpool Police Station. He has since been on a permanent four-hour watch regarding his mental health.”

Matthews, who has more than 100 convictions to his name, was also forensically linked to the theft of two cars after his blood was found in the vehicles.

The judge, Recorder Kevin Grice, said: “This was a very frightening incident, where there was a risk of very serious injury being caused.”