A 22-YEAR-OLD was told he “doesn’t know how to treat women” after he pleaded guilty to attacking a woman in Ystradgynlais.

Joshua Jones appeared at Swansea Crown Court where he faced a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm relating to an incident against a woman on March 26.

Jones denied the charge, and instead pleaded guilty to an alternative offence of battery.

Prosecutor Sian Cutter said this plea was acceptable, and a trial would no longer be sought.

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The court heard that he had already pleaded guilty on January 4 to charges of destroying or damaging property and assault by beating.

“He doesn’t know how to treat women at all, does he?,” Judge Huw Rees asked.

“There’s a recognition that he has a serious problem with relationships,” David Singh said, defending.

Judge Rees adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report to be prepared, and Jones was re-admitted to bail.

“His liberty is very much at stake,” Judge Rees said. “All options, including custody, remain open.”

Jones, of Whittington Street in Neath, will return to court to be sentenced on February 2.