A MID Wales man has admitted an assault charge following a stabbing incident in Welshpool.

Defendant James William Spaull, 28, of Maes Beuno, Berriew, appeared at Mold Crown Court on Friday, January 10, via a live television link from prison.

He was initially charged with causing grievous bodily harm.

But it was changed to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and he pleaded guilty to that charge on Friday.

Spaull also admitted possessing a serrated knife and a large kitchen knife as offensive weapons in Severn Street, Welshpool, on September 18 last year.

Judge Niclas Parry remanded him in custody pending sentence and ordered a second psychiatric report.

The court heard that a psychiatric report commissioned by the defence suggested that a hospital order under The Mental Health Act should be considered.

Judge Parry told Spaull that he would be given credit in sentence for his guilty pleas but the nature of the sentence would depend on the medical reports.

He said that people were there to help him and it would be in his interests to co-operate with them.

The defendant was charged following an incident in Welshpool where it was alleged that a man received puncture wounds to his neck and abdomen, which were luckily not life-threatening.