David Dearlove has been convicted of murdering a toddler 50 years ago. His crime went unpunished for decades after he claimed the boy fell out of bed
A pensioner has been found guilty of murdering his toddler stepson almost 50 years ago.
David Dearlove was seen attacking 19-month-old Paul Booth in 1968 by the little boy's brother Peter, then aged just three, after he crept downstairs for a drink.
But the killer avoided justice for decades until Paul's brother saw a faded photograph of the youngster being held by Dearlove on Facebook in 2015.
He told his family what he remembered about the day of Paul's death and police investigated and later arrested Dearlove.
The 71-year-old denied killing the toddler at the family home in Haverton Hill, Stockton, telling a jury that the boy had suffered the fatal head injury by falling out of bed.
But, following the highly