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Teen accused of attacking grandmother with sword ordered to see psychiatrist

A teenager accused of attacking his grandmother with a sword in Bragg Creek last week has been ordered to see a court-appointed psychiatrist.

Marshall Rath, 19, accused of attacking woman at a home in Bragg Creek last week

Marshall Rath, 20, pleaded guilty in March to aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose after attacking his grandmother with a sword last year. (Facebook)

A teenager accused of attacking his grandmother with a sword appeared in Cochrane, Alta., court Tuesday and was ordered by a judge to see a court-appointed psychiatrist.

Marshall Rath, 19, is charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

He is set to see the psychiatrist on Wednesday in Calgary. The doctor will then advise the court whether Rath should undergo a 30-day psychiatric assessment before the proceedings continue.

The victim is a 79-year-old woman who lives with Rath. Neighbours have told CBC News she is his grandmother. 

Police were called to the Bragg Creek home around 12:45 a.m. Friday. 

The woman was in life-threatening condition when officers arrived at the residence, but they were able to stabilize her and she was taken to hospital, where she remains in serious condition.

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Meghan Grant

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Meghan Grant is the courts and crime reporter for CBC Calgary.