The jury in the trial of a paramedic accused of lying to police and his bosses after he failed to resuscitate a 30-stone man retired to deliberate its verdict for a second day today.

Karl Harris, 45, is alleged to have told his less-experienced colleague, Ben Stokes, 35, there was "no point" in trying to resuscitate Barry Baker after they were called to his home in Brighton, East Sussex, in the early hours of the morning.

The 59-year-old, who lived alone, phoned 999 after experiencing breathing difficulties at 4.14am on November 29 2008, and died after suffering a cardiopulmonary arrest.

Harris, of Tophill Close, Portslade, denies a charge of perverting the course of justice and has been on trial at Lewes Crown Court since Monday.

He was suspended from his role at South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SECAmb) following Mr Baker's death.

No charges were brought against trainee technician Mr Stokes but SECAmb placed him on restricted practice following the incident.

Jurors were sent home for the evening and will resume deliberations at 10am tomorrow.