A man who has admitted scaling Buckingham Palace’s wall and trespassing in the grounds is a convicted murderer, the BBC is reporting.

Denis Hennessy, 41, of Wembley, north-west London, was on licence following the murder of a homeless man in 1992.

He wandered the palace gardens for about 10 minutes before his arrest on Wednesday. He had been unarmed, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard.

Hennessy pleaded guilty and was jailed for four months on Friday.

He admitted one count of trespass on a protected site and one count of criminal damage.

He had cut his right hand as he climbed over the top of the wall, which is between 8ft to 10ft high, and set the alarm off.

Prosecutor Tom Nicholson told the court that he had repeatedly asked, “Is Ma’am in?” as he was detained.

The Queen was in residence at the time, with the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke of York.

Hennessy told police he had “walked through the gardens admiring the view”.

Sikander Choudry, defending, said the unemployed stonemason had drunk “four or five cans of cider” before the incident.

He went to meet a friend in central London, and on his way to Victoria had another drink in a pub before deciding to climb the palace wall, using a nearby tree.

Mr Choudry said: “Mr Hennessy did not have any malicious intent towards the Royal Family – that’s not the reason he went to Buckingham Palace.”

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