A PARANOID schizophrenic hit a pensioner sending her flying head first into a parked car, a court heard.
Philip Jonathan Knight, 40, elbowed 70-year-old Margaret Chapman with such force that she was sent flying to the ground, hitting her head on a car wheel.
Former call centre worker Knight carried out the unprovoked attack because he was upset over an abusive phonecall which he had handled a short time before the June 11 attack.
He claimed to be upset over someone giving him a “funny look” in a supermarket, West Cheshire Magistrates in Chester were told.
CCTV footage of the attack in Abbey Square, near to Chester Cathedral, showed victim Mrs Chapman afterwards getting to her feet holding her head.
Carolyn Viviani, prosecuting, said: “This was a deliberate and completely unprovoked attack on a 70-year-old woman as she walked past the defendant on route to meet her husband. The incident left her with bruising to her head and she was very shaken by the ordeal.”
Knight, of Northgate Street, Chester, pleaded guilty to assault. He said he was ashamed of his actions and felt great remorse.
Mark Evans, defending, said the assault was a result of Knight’s condition, due to a “build up of emotions” – not criminal intention.
Mr Evans said: “He committed this offence because of his condition. He is a paranoid schizophrenic.
At the time of the offence Mr Knight was working for Capita and was under a lot of stress from work. From there he had an abusive phonecall followed by a funny look in Tesco which then transposed itself in to feelings which led him to act in the way that he did.”
Mr Evans said the assault had led to Mr Knight losing his job.
“He’s a very intelligent man, softly spoken but he has episodes that need to be dealt with. He’s seeking help,” said Mr Evans.
Magistrates adjourned sentencing until September 16 to allow for pre-sentence reports. Knight was bailed until the sentencing date.