Pensioner to stand trial over historic child murder

A pensioner will go on trial accused of murdering his ex-partner's 19-month-old son almost 50 years ago.

Tuesday, 14th November 2017, 10:10 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 12:23 pm
Teesside Crown Court.

David Dearlove, 70, also denies the manslaughter of toddler Paul Booth, from Haverton Hill, near Stockton, who died in hospital in October 1968.

He also faces a child cruelty charge against Paul and two further charges.

The trial at Teesside Crown Court is expected to last two to three weeks.

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At a previous hearing it was said that Dearlove was the then-partner of Paul's mother, who died in the 1990s.

He lives in Great Yarmouth with his wife of 36 years and has no previous convictions.