A MAN who helped push a stolen car was suffering from schizophrenia, Hastings Magistrates Court heard.
Benjamin Pickup, 23, of Seven Acre Close, pleaded guilty to attempted theft of a Peugeot car from Park Road on February 20.
He was caught after an off-duty police office spotted what was going on.
Sam Wingfield, defending, said: “He suffers from schizophrenia and a nervous disorder.
There was no intention to steal the vehicle.
He just decided to help push it.”
Sentencing was adjourned to allow psychiatric reports to be prepared.