THE case of a man charged in connection with a fatal assault outside Tesco in Andover has been delayed so that a psychiatric report can be produced.

Shane Richard Donovan, 27, of York Court, Andover was previously charged with grievous bodily harm with intent.

He is accused of punching a 62-year-old Tesco employee in the face outside Tesco's River Way branch in Andover on July 29. The victim, John Carroll, later died of his injuries after 12 days in hospital.

Mr Donovan appeared at Winchester Crown Court today (Wednesday, September 15) and was due to enter a plea.

However, the case was instead adjourned to next month following a doctor’s assessment.

Nick Tucker, defending, said: “I have asked that the defendant not be arraigned because the psychiatrist has seen Mr Donovan and is preparing a psychiatric report, covering things including fitness to plead.

“He has indicated he is likely to be able to furnish us with that report within two weeks. Once we are in receipt of that, we will need to consider it prior to the next hearing.”

Judge Jane Miller QC adjourned the case to Thursday, October 7 at the same court.

Mr Donovan continues to be held in custody.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesperson said: “The investigation team continues to engage with the Crown Prosecution Service in relation to the case, in order to ensure any charges reflect the fact that the victim has sadly died since the initial charge was laid. This is ongoing.

“Mr Carroll’s family continue to be supported by specialist officers.”