An English man has been convicted in the nearly 50-year old murder case of the brutal killing of his step-son in 1968, witnessed only by his brother who brought the case to police attention when he saw a Facebook photo of his brother with the killer in 2015.
On December 1, 71-year-old David Dearlove was found to have bashed the head of 19 month old Paul Booth against a fireplace while swinging him around the room by his ankles, an attack witnessed by Paul’s then-three year old brother Peter, in the town of Stockton-on-Tees in north-east England.
Mr. Dearlove claimed at the time the child had died after falling out of bed.
Later in life Peter reported the murder of his brother to police, who failed to act — he was moved to pursue the case again in 2015 upon seeing a Facebook photo of his brother with their step-father, reporting his recollections again to police who opened an investigation.
While the Crown had been unable to exhume the body of Paul, pathology records from 1968 recording bruising on the toddler’s ankles where he had been gripped, supporting his brother’s account.
Booth’s sister was also credited with assisting the investigation when the verdict was rendered.