A Broome teenager with five breaches of bail on his record has had his latest attempt to avoid lock-up knocked back, after a magistrate claimed the teenager’s “rash of offending” was a risk not worth taking. Elijah Matthews, 19, appeared in Broome Magistrates Court on Friday December 10, facing 10 charges including aggravated burglary, aggravated home burglary, stealing motor vehicles, and stealing. The court was told Mr Matthews had previously pleaded guilty to all but one charge, with evidence relating to the charge currently undergoing analysis by detectives. It was heard Matthews’ history of offending included three convictions for stealing motor vehicles, and five breaches of bail conditions. Magistrate Stephen Sharratt told the court Matthews’ latest offending would likely warrant jail time, and he had already been in custody for more than three months. “He’s got three burglaries and a bunch of cars, he hasn’t got a hope” he said. Defence lawyer Paul Tobin proposed a bail application for Matthews to reside in Tom Price with his mother, step-father, partner and four-month-old son, until he could be admitted to Yaandina Turner River Rehabilitation Facility in February. The police prosecutor told the court the bail application would be “too much of an ask”, as Matthews had re-offended less than one month after being put on a suspended imprisonment order on July 16. The court was told on August 16, Matthews committed a burglary at the Cable Beach Club Resort after stealing a motor vehicle from the premises. Later, in September, Matthews stole another vehicle and committed several burglaries in which he stole car keys, a Yamaha quad bike, and a Toyota LandCruiser. The court heard in September Matthews also committed a burglary at North Regional TAFE in Broome. Mr Sharratt said locking Matthews up was the “only way to stop him”. “I’m not doing it, he has shown such poor form in the past and a whole rash of offending just one month after being put on the order,” he said. “It is too much of a risk and one that is not worth taking.” Matthews was remanded in custody until his next appearance in Broome Magistrates Court on December 17.