A TEENAGER prohibited from contacting or approaching his mother breached the court order four times last month, leaving her feeling like, “a prisoner in her own home”, a court heard.

Kieran Manning tried calling at his mother’s Bishop Auckland home, on April 2, 4 and twice on April 22.

Durham Crown Court was told a magistrates’ restraining order, imposed last July, prohibited him from visiting her home and the street in which she lived, due to harassment she suffered from him, often seeking money for drugs.

Jonathan Harley, prosecuting, said on the last breach, on April 22, when he was refused entry to his mother’s house, Manning also scratched the car of her partner, parked outside the property.

The 19-year-old, of Stratton Street, Spennymoor, admitted harassment, criminal damage and four breaches of the restraining order.

Gareth Henderson-Moore, mitigating, said the defendant is, “a young man with numerous difficulties”, which have contributed to his offending.

Mr Henderson-Moore said while in custody Manning self-harmed by cutting his wrist earlier this week

Judge Jonathan Carroll adjourned the sentencing hearing until May 24, as he wants further information on the defendant’s “current physical and mental health condition”, from the medical unit at Durham Prison, by way of an updated Probation Service report.