A pair of carers who lied to police about performing CPR on a patient have had their sentence delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Swindon jurors found Samuel Haward, 46, and Nthabiseng Bodiba, 38, guilty in February of perverting the course of justice.

It was found they had lied to detectives investigating the death of Daniel Beswick, who was found hanged in his room at Dorcan brain injury unit Chalkdown House in 2015.

Mr Beswick was on suicide watch, with staff meant to check up on him every 15 minutes. But jurors heard that on the night of September 17 the unit was short staffed.

Haward, a nurse, and support worker Bodiba were bailed to appear before Judge Paul Cook at Taunton Crown Court today for sentence.

But that hearing did not go ahead and is now likely to be delayed for several weeks at the very least. Very little business is happening at the Somerset court for at least the next fortnight, the Adver understands. On Tuesday a single bail application was the only case listed before a Taunton judge.