A HOMELESS drunk broke the terms of his restraining order – by sneaking into his parents’ garden.

Paul Henderson was banned in 2012 from going within 100 metres of his parents’ Trowbridge home, after he was convicted of assault.

But Swindon magistrates heard the 55-year-old, of no fixed address, had been picked up by police on July 4 sitting on the elderly couple’s garden bench – after the pair themselves called 999.

Henderson was said to have visited the house as a last resort, telling police that getting arrested was a cry for help. The homeless man, who either sleeps rough or stays at friends’ houses, has taken overdoses on around 100 previous occasions, magistrates heard, and felt suicidal on the day he was found on his parents’ bench.

Defending, Mark Glendenning said: "He felt particularly low and as a result he's gone round to the address because it's a place of safety." His client wanted help to address is addiction to alcohol, he added.

Magistrates adjourned the case to July 26 for reports to be prepared.