A HOMELESS man kicked the door of a Vauxhall Zafira while he was high on prescription drugs and vodka.

But a court heard he was making efforts to get back on his feet and just wanted to take his mum to Bath for Christmas.

Polish man Michal Tatarztnski, 33, of no fixed abode, admitted a charge of criminal damage and failing to surrender to the court.

Swindon magistrates heard he had taken medication prescribed for his depression and sunk “the best part of a bottle of vodka”.

He was thrown out of Jury’s Inn hotel in central Swindon after making a nuisance of himself. As he walked from the hotel into a line of traffic on Fleming Way he kicked the door of a Vauxhall, leaving a dent the size of a rugby ball.

Prosecuting, Keith Ballinger said: “His memory wasn’t good, but he accepted in interview that something did happen and he was guilty of it but he didn’t know what it was.”

Gordon Hotson, defending, said his client had never experienced intoxication like it: “He reckons he had gone through the best part of a bottle of vodka. That combined with his medication had an effect on him, an effect he hadn’t experienced before and doesn’t wish to experience again.”

Magistrates heard Tatarztnski had been offered a warehouse job and was trying to get back on his feet. He said from the dock:“I want to take my mum at Christmas time to a nice place like Bath. This is my dream place.”

Tatarztnski was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £650 compensation to the driver whose car he attacked.