The brother of a toddler allegedly murdered by their stepfather 50 years ago says he faced a 'brick wall' trying to report the crime in the years since.
David Dearlove, 71, is on trial for the 1968 murder of Paul Booth, whose brother Peter says he witnessed the killing, aged three, through a half-open door at their home in Stockton.
A probe into the death was sparked after Peter saw a photo of Dearlove and Paul on Facebook two years ago and demanded it be taken down.
After he told a family member what he had seen, Dearlove was arrested and is now on trial for murder.
Mr Booth today told the court today he went to police three times in the intervening years, but was 'brushed off'.
David Dearlove is accused of murdering Paul Booth 50 years ago. The case was sparked when Booth's brother saw this photo of them together on Facebook years later
Peter Booth is pictured leaving Teesside Crown Court yesterday after giving evidence
Mr Booth claims he saw Paul, who was 19 months old when he died, being swung by his legs into a fireplace by Dearlove before the youngster was found dead.
Peter Booth told Teesside Crown Court he was too terrified of Dearlove to speak up as a child, but the memory has haunted him throughout his life.
He said that, in the early 90s, he went to Billingham police station on Teesside and told an officer what had happened, leaving his phone number, but he was not contacted.
Around 10 years later , he said he went into Burgess Hill police station in Sussex and repeated his story, even handing over a diagram of the family home in Haverton Hill, Stockton-on-Tees, where Paul was allegedly killed in October 1968.
Mr Booth said that, despite giving a detailed explanation. no action was taken.
In January 2015, he said he tried for a third time to report Paul's murder, this time at Haywards Heath police station, also in Sussex.
Dearlove said Paul, pictured, died after falling out of bed at the house in Stockton in 1968
Teesside Crown Court heard evidence from a police officer who listened to Mr Booth's account but didn't investigate the allegation, choosing instead to refer him back to the police in Teesside.
October 1968 - Toddler Paul Booth dies after being found lifeless at his home.
Early 1990s - His brother says he went to Billingham police station on Teesside to report stepfather's 'murder'. He says he was not contacted by officers after making the report.
Early 00s - Brother says he went to Burgess Hill police station in Sussex but