A MAN who admitted killing his grandmother must be assessed by another doctor before he can learn his fate, a court has decided.

Kyle David Edward Ellis, aged 26 and of New Hall Road in Ruabon, was back up in Mold Crown Court on Friday, having previously admitted an offence of manslaughter following the death of Susan Hannaby last year.

This week's hearing had been set to clarify the way forward in terms of whether he should receive a custodial sentence or a hospital order.

The court heard matters had been stood down at the last occasion in order for reports to be prepared by doctors on behalf of the prosecution and defence.

But Duncan Bould, defending, said no updated report had been completed for the defence.

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He said the doctor instructed by the defence had indicated pressures arising from work meant the report may not be able to be completed with the defendant for some weeks.

In any event, Mr Bould told the court, there have been difficulties in arranging to see defendants at HMP Berwyn, where Ellis is now being held.

He said: "So far as appointments in Berwyn are concerned - even remotely - it isn't easy.

"I experienced, trying to engage in a face-to-face conference yesterday, the difficulties because of short staffing.

"The inmate wasn't able to be brought from one part of the prison to another to meet us, even though we'd turned up on time and gone through security."

Regarding Ellis' case, he concluded: "I know from anecdotal information that his medication has now been stopped and it appears that he is deteriorating.

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"We have no updated report and can only anticipate one will be available in the next three to four weeks."

Judge Rhys Rowlands said: "The difficulty is that the thing is drifting a bit now - in nobody's interest at all, the family or the defendant."

Michael Jones, prosecuting concurred that the way forward was to wait for a report from the doctor instructed by the defence.

Judge Rowlands agreed to have the case mentioned on a date in July, at which point a decision will be made as to how the court will proceed in disposing of Ellis' case.

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