A troublesome son failed to put gloss on a prohibited visit to his mumâ€™s Sunderland home - when he turned up uninvited and covered head to toe in paint.
Kevin Langan, 34, knocked for the umpteenth time in breach of an indefinite restraining order â€“ and she phoned police.
He was arrested trying to clean himself up at a neighbouring property in Bowness Street, Town End Farm, on Monday, November 1.
Langan, of Torres Road, Thorney Close, Sunderland, admitted the breach at South Tyneside Magistratesâ€™ Court â€“ and was spared jail.
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Magistrates imprisoned him for eight weeks but suspended the sentence for a year.
They heard a friend of Langanâ€™s had poured paint over his head as a joke while they decorated a property.
In desperation to get clean, he called at his motherâ€™s home but doing so put him in breach of an order put in place in March 2016.
Prosecutor Glenda Beck said Langan had repeatedly breached the court-imposed restriction.
She added: â€œThe order prohibits him from contacting his mum or entering or being at her home.
â€œHis mother lives alone. Sheâ€™s had repeated problems with her son for the past 17 years.
â€œAt 10pm she contacted police by 999 after he came to her front door. He was mortal drunk.
â€œHe said to her, â€˜I canâ€™t believe youâ€™ve called the police, Iâ€™ll get two yearsâ€™. Matters have escalated.
â€œThe womanâ€™s niece phoned and told her he had gone into a neighbourâ€™s home. She pointed the property out to police.â€
Mrs Beck said Langan had breached the order numerous times and been jailed twice for doing so.
Gerry Armstrong, defending, said his client had spent last Christmas at his mumâ€™s home at her invitation.
He added: â€œHe had been to a friendâ€™s house helping him to decorate. His friend thought it would be funny to pour paint over his head.
â€œIt was near his mumâ€™s home, and he asked her if he could wash it off. He then went to a neighbouring house, where he was let in.
â€œWhen police arrived, he was covered in paint. He knows he shouldnâ€™t have gone to her home.
â€œThere was no abuse, no threats and no violence.â€
Capt Alex Castle, chair of the bench, said Langan, who admitted breaching the order, had flouted its terms five times.
Warning him he faced jail if he did so again, he added: â€œWeâ€™ve taken into account what Mr Armstrong has said about your friend pouring paint on you.
â€œIf you breach again, youâ€™re off. Donâ€™t let us down.â€
As well as the suspended sentence, Langan must pay a Â£128 victim surcharge and Â£85 court costs.
Magistrates also widened the scope of the restraining order by barring him indefinitely from the entirety of Bowness Street.
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