A notorious burglar and career criminal who once robbed legendary football manager Jose Mourinho was found living in a hotel store room and using the linen cupboard as a bathroom.
Jamie Filan, 40, had set up home in the fifth-floor cupboard of Grand Hotel in Torquay and used a neighbouring linen cupboard as his en-suite bathroom when he was released from prison with nowhere to go.
Filan made headlines all around the world in 2013 when he was jailed for breaking into Jose Mourinho’s room at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in London and stealing £100,000 worth of his wife Matilde’s jewellery.
He moved into the £155 a night Grand Hotel in Torquay in October 2019 after being freed halfway through another two year, five month sentence for burgling homes in Weston-super-Mare, Devon Live reported.
He broke into the two storerooms and had been living there for several days before he realised he had been rumbled and fled.
Staff opened the room and found that when fleeing, Fillan had left his prison release documents on the floor along with clothes and a sleeping bag.
When rumbled, Filan went straight out and broke into a house 200 metres away where he stole jewellery and a bank card which he used to buy new clothes, food, and a First Class train ticket to Bristol. He spent over £600.
He was recalled to prison a couple of weeks later but the case has taken two years to get to court because the police did not realise he was back inside and sent his court summons to his last known address.
Filan, now of Portsmouth, admitted burglary, criminal damage and fraud and was jailed for 15 months by Judge Timothy Rose at Exeter Crown Court.
He told him: “You have a long history of breaking into people’s homes and must know that it can be very disturbing and affect the rest of their lives. Some people never feel safe in their homes again.”
Mr Tom Bradnock, prosecuting, said staff at the hotel realised an intruder had set up home on the fifth floor on the morning of October 7, 2019.
He said: ”They discovered someone had gone into two store rooms and begun living unlawfully. There was evidence that one room had been used as a toilet and bedding was soiled."
Filan represented himself and persuaded the judge it would be unfair to impose the mandatory three year term for a three strike burglar because he had already served 16 months on recall.
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Filan has a spectacular criminal record which dates from 2007 when he was jailed for a hit and run crash in Lancing, Sussex, that killed 30-year-old dental nurse Michelle Dever.
He achieved notoriety for the first time when he filmed himself partying in Ibiza just weeks after being given early release.
He went on to specialise in high value burglaries at top London hotels and was such a menace that he was banned from entering any hotel in the city.
He was jailed again in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2018 and 2019 and had just been released when he moved into the Grand.
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