A man who is accused of carrying out a fatal stabbing attack in Barnstaple may be moved from prison to a mental hospital.

Kevin Gale, also known as Kevin Maloney, is currently being held at Long Lartin prison in the Midlands but is likely to be transferred to Langdon Hospital at Dawlish in the next few weeks.

Gale, aged 50, of Barnstaple, is accused of the murder of 39-year-old Lee Richard Turner at the Tesco Express store at Barnstaple Retail Park in Station Road on August 3.

Mr Turner allegedly suffered multiple stab wounds in an incident at 6.20pm and died at North Devon District Hospital that night.

Gale is also accused of possessing of a knife in a public place.

He was due to have appeared at Exeter Crown Court for a plea and trial preparation hearing last month but was too unwell to do so.

Richard Crabb, defending, said Gale is currently being treated at the health care unit at Long Lartin but it is hoped that he will be transferred shortly to Langdon Hospital in Dawlish under section 48 of the Mental Health Act.

Judge Peter Johnson adjourned the case for a further hearing later this month.

A trial has been listed provisionally for January 7 next year.