A mentally ill man has admitted killing a 45-year-old in Hounslow.

Leo Pryce, 22, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of James Donnelly last July 15 by reason of diminished responsibility.

The defendant also admitted having a bladed article in the car park of a Tesco supermarket in Hounslow, London, and assaulting two police officers last July 16.

Pryce was suffering from schizophrenia at the time, the Old Bailey was told.

Prosecutor Caroline Carberry accepted the pleas and asked for a further charge of murder to lie on file.

She told the court the victim’s family is being “kept in the loop”.

Judge Mark Lucraft KC adjourned sentencing at the Old Bailey until February 29.

An earlier hearing was told the victim was found dead in Station Road, Hayes.

When police officers arrived, they found Mr Donnelly with a slash wound.

After the brief hearing on Friday, Pryce, from Hayes, west London, was remanded in custody.