Psychotic man hit neighbour's boyfriend in St Stephen's Day attack
A YOUNG man who hit a neighbour's boyfriend in an unprovoked attack on St Stephen's Day was suffering from a psychosis at the time.
Alan Ryan (21) was admitted to hospital two days after the assault and remained there for a month.
Judge Anne Watkin ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to December.
The defendant admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to assaulting the man at St Aubyn's Court, Killiney, last December 26.
Ryan claimed he pushed, not punched, the victim.
Judge Watkin said it was "a difference of perspective" and she did not need to come to an "absolute conclusion".
The victim said he was walking towards his girlfriend's house when he heard a male say: "What are you looking at?"
He responded with: "Excuse me", and then Ryan ran at him, throwing punches.
He said Ryan hit him on the face and the shoulder.
In his evidence, Ryan, of St Aubyn's Court, said he was arguing with his girlfriend when the victim said: "What are you talking to me for?"
Ryan said he told the man: "I'm not talking to you, f**k off". When the man said he was not going anywhere, he pushed him.
The court heard Ryan's mental health difficulties had been aggravated by a problem with cannabis.