A MAN broke into a home and held a knife to the 65-year-old occupant's throat because he mistakenly thought someone had "given him the finger" from the window, a court has heard.
James McGuire (27) had been mixing alcohol and prescription drugs when he believed he saw someone in a window making a rude gesture to him.
He later told gardai he was in a feud with a young man who lived there. The court heard that this "feud" stems from an incident when McGuire was 11-years-old and that he had not spoken to the other young man for several years.
McGuire will be sentenced next January after Judge Patricia Ryan put the matter back for the preparation of a probation report.
McGuire, of Mobhi Road, Glasnevin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to burglary at Claremont Court, Glasnevin, on October 26, 2012.
The court heard that Kevin Tormey was alone in the house and was in bed when he heard loud noises coming from downstairs. He picked up a brush and went downstairs where he met McGuire.
McGuire was carrying three kitchen knives and demanded to know where Mr Tormey's son, Stuart, was.
Kevin Tormey responded that there was no one else in the house before trying to flee.
He got outside before McGuire stopped him. He punched and kicked Mr Tormey and held the knife to his throat.
McGuire fled when he saw gardai but was caught nearby and arrested.