Murderer who broke into palace is jailed
Published 21/05/2016 | 02:30
A convicted murderer who scaled the perimeter wall of Buckingham Palace before "admiring" the gardens for 10 minutes has been jailed for four months.
Denis Hennessy, of Barnhill Road, Wembley, cut his right hand on barbed wire as he climbed over the top of the wall, which is between 8ft and 10ft high, and set the alarm off.
He then walked around the gardens for about 10 minutes towards the palace, where the Queen was in residence with the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke of York, before being arrested by armed police.
As he was detained, he asked, "Is Ma'am in?", the prosecution told Westminster Magistrates' Court in London.
Hennessy (41) pleaded guilty to one count of trespass on a protected site and one count of criminal damage.
He scaled the wall at around 8.37pm on Wednesday and was arrested at around 8.50pm, about 50 metres from the palace, after triggering a full-scale alert involving a sweep with dogs and a helicopter.
Sikander Choudry, defending, said the unemployed stonemason had been drinking.
He added: "Mr Hennessy did not have any malicious intent towards the royal family."
The court heard that Hennessy was on licence for life after being convicted of the murder of a homeless man in 1992. He also had a conviction for shoplifting this year.
Hennessy was sentenced to four months for trespassing and two months, to run concurrently, for damaging the alarm system.