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WATCH: Great Yarmouth man David Dearlove leaves court after murder trial starts

PUBLISHED: 15:01 15 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:15 16 November 2017

David Dearlove leaves the court on the first day of his trial. He is accused or murdering his step-son. Picture: Evening Gazette

David Dearlove leaves the court on the first day of his trial. He is accused or murdering his step-son. Picture: Evening Gazette

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This is the Great Yarmouth man accused of murdering his stepson 50 years ago.

Peter Booth a witness in the trial of David Dearlove at Teesside Crown Court who is accused of killing 19-month-old Paul Booth in October 1968.
Picture: Evening GazettePeter Booth a witness in the trial of David Dearlove at Teesside Crown Court who is accused of killing 19-month-old Paul Booth in October 1968. Picture: Evening Gazette

The photograph and video of David Dearlove, 71, of Wolseley Road, were taken on the first day of his trial at Teeside Crown Court yesterday.

Dearlove stands accused of murdering his young stepson by swinging him round by the ankles and smashing his head into a fireplace, the court was told.

The alleged killing of 18-month-old Paul Booth happened in Haverton, Stockton 50 years.

Paul’s three-year-old brother Peter claimed he had crept downstairs and witnessed the incident through a crack in a door.

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In 2015, Peter became incensed by a picture posted on Facebook of Mr Dearlove, who moved to Great Yarmouth, holding his younger brother, and as a result gave an interview to the police.

Prosecutor Richard Wright QC told Teesside Crown Court a fractured skull had been the cause of Paul’s death, but the jury needed to decide how it had happened.

Dearlove, who denies murder as well as manslaughter and three charges of cruelty, claimed Paul had fallen out of bed and struck his head on the floor.

Dearlove left the court yesterday without making a comment.

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