Step­dad ac­cused of 1968 mur­der

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

A man mur­dered his young step­son by swing­ing him round by the an­kles and smash­ing his head into a fire­place, and then lied about it for 50 years, a court has heard.

David Dearlove, 71, is ac­cused of killing 19-mon­thold Paul Booth in 1968 af­ter the tod­dler’s then three­year-old brother Peter claimed he saw the at­tack through a crack in a door.

In 2015, Peter be­came in­censed by a pic­ture posted on Facebook of Mr Dearlove, who now lives in Great Yar­mouth, hold­ing his younger brother, and gave an in­ter­view to the po­lice. Dearlove, who de­nies mur­der as well as man­slaugh­ter and three charges of cru­elty, claimed Paul fell out of bed and struck his head on the floor. The case at Teesside Crown Court con­tin­ues.

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