A man in Dublin has confessed to attacking a number of gay men in the city over the last 12 months, police report.

Dublin’s Gardai claim to have arrested the 17 year old last week and believe he may be to blame for a series of attacks that left one victim in a coma.

The Southside People newspaper reported, Garda sources say that the unnamed youth has admitted beating Brian O’Callaghan until he was unconscious. The victim was found by witnesses and was left in a coma after the beating. He is now recovering.

Since then a series of attacks have been reported in the area’s gay locations.

The arrested man has admitted to three of the attacks, two of which took place near Dublin’s St Audeon’s Church.

He is thought to have lured his victims into a park by pretending to be gay, before beating them and stealing money and mobile phones.