A MAN who hounded his parents, repeatedly turning up at their home in breach of a restraining order, has been spared jail.

Kelly Cyples, prosecuting, told Bolton Crown Court how the order was made in 2013 to protect Lee Smith’s parents from him, and has served prison sentences for breaching it.

More recently, as the health of 38-year-old Smith’s mother deteriorated, the order was varied to allow him to enter their kitchen but only if he telephones and makes an appointment first.

But the court heard that on February 18, Smith, of Bridgeman Place, Bolton, turned up unannounced at 6.15am.

“He was banging and kicking at the door and shouting ‘open the f***ing door’,” said Miss Cyples.

After 15 minutes he left and police were called but he returned later in the day, apologising. He went upstairs to see his mother and used the phone before leaving.

Lee pleaded guilty to two counts of breaching the restraining order but Verity Quaite, defending, appealed to the Honorary Recorder of Bolton, Judge Martin Walsh, not to jail him immediately, telling him that, for the first time, he was taking medication for his schizophrenia and wanted to tackle his drug addiction.

Judge Walsh sentenced him to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years and he was ordered to undertake drug treatment and 30 days of rehabilitation activities.