South East Wales

Cardiff hostel killer Nathanial John admits manslaughter

A man suffering from schizophrenia when he killed a housemate at a hostel in Cardiff has been remanded to a secure hospital.

Nathanial John, 27, slashed Stephen Rees' throat and then called an ambulance.

But the 53-year-old father-of-five bled to death at the hostel in Roath run by mental health charity Mind.

John admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at Cardiff Crown Court.

The court heard Mr Rees, also a schizophrenic, may have asked John to kill him.

Prosecutor Tony Trigg said: "Paramedics found the defendant very disturbed.

John told the police: "He provoked me to do it saying he didn't want to live any more. Why shouldn't I give him a hand?"

Judge Mr Justice David Lloyd Jones told John: "You were suffering from schizophrenia at the time of the offence.

"Your ability to form rational judgement and self control was substantially impaired.

"I have no doubt you were suffering from a grossly disordered and abnormal mental state."

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