A Zimbabwean man suffering from schizophrenia who punched a passing pensioner, knocking him off his bicycle, will be sentenced next month.
Ruzmond Muwaniri (27) is also awaiting sentence for punching a man in the face and smashing his teeth because he mistakenly believed the victim was racially abusing him.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard he had missed several appointments to have his medication injected around the time of the assaults.
Muwaniri, of John McCormack Avenue, Crumlin, Dublin has pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to the two men at separate locations on March 9, 2015 and on May 21, 2015.
Defence counsel, Pieter Le Vert BL, told the court that at some point after serving the sentence ultimately imposed for these offences, Muwaniri would have to be returned to the community and there would need to be multidisciplinary supports in place.
Judge Melanie Greally adjourned the case in custody until next month in order to seek guidance on the mechanics of establishing a dedicated care package for Muwaniri.
Garda Dolores Walsh told Martina Baxter BL, prosecuting, that the 67-year-old pensioner was out for a cycle with his dog and was travelling along Cheeverstown Road in Tallaght when he was punched by Muwaniri, who was crossing the road.
The man was knocked off his bicycle and lost consciousness. He was assisted by a passer by and later woke up in hospital where he was treated for a broken eye socket as well as cuts and bruises.
Muwaniri was identified on CCTV footage and came to Tallaght garda station for interview. He told gardai on viewing the CCTV footage: “It looks like me but it’s not me.”