50-year-old murder case sparked by Facebook picture

An abusive stepfather carried the chilling secret of a toddler's brutal murder with him for almost 50 years before he was finally accused, a court has been told.

David Dearlove, 71, always maintained that Paul Booth, 19 months, died as the result of an accidental fall from his bed on October 1st 1968.

But he is now accused of having swung the boy into a fireplace, causing catastrophic injuries which led to his death.

His alleged crime went unreported for decades until Paul's brother Peter, who was just four when Paul died, saw a faded photograph of the youngster being held by Dearlove on Facebook in 2015.

A local newspaper report still exists of the death of toddler for which a man is now on trial for murder

The boy's brother said he saw the killing in 1968 and came forward after seeing a picture of the alleged murderer on Facebook

A local newspaper report still exists of the death of toddler for which a man is now on trial for murder. The boy's brother said he saw the killing in 1968 and came forward after seeing a picture of the alleged murderer on Facebook

For years, a jury heard, Peter had been haunted by the memory of what he saw through

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