A WOMAN facing a jail sentence for attacking a man with a hot iron was also convicted less than three months ago of a vicious assault on a pensioner.

Kelly Ham, 22, of Tydies, Cwmbran, pleaded guilty at Newport Crown Court yesterday to assault occasioning actual bodily harm by placing a hot iron on the chest of Gareth Tucker on June 1 this year.

And in August she narrowly escaped going to prison after admitting an earlier assault occasioning actual bodily harm on the 65-yearold mother of her then boyfriend.

Defence barrister Stephen Thomas yesterday said Ham – who had been facing a trial on wounding charges before pleading guilty to assault – has been receiving treatment at the Talygarn mental health unit in Griffithstown, and he asked for a psychiatric report to be compiled before sentencing takes place.

Judge Neil Bidder granted Ham bail until she is sentenced on November 21 at Cardiff Crown Court, but he warned her: “Anyone who places a heated iron to another person’s chest so it burns is going to be facing a custodial sentence.”

The earlier assault, for which she received a 12- month community order with a supervision order, took place on November 18 last year, when she attacked her then boyfriend’s mother after being asked to leave the latter’s home.

The victim required treatment at the Royal Gwent Hospital after the attack.

In August the same court was told that Ham knew that what she had done was unlawful, and was remorseful.

The judge at that earlier hearing, Recorder Geraint Walters, was told that Ham had been a victim of domestic abuse and had had drink and drug problems.

He told her that her offence passed the custody threshold, but because of what he had heard from her defence, he was giving her a community order.