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Jury sent home in David Dearlove toddler murder trial

PUBLISHED: 16:28 30 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:28 30 November 2017

David Dearlove arrives at Teesside Crown Court where he is charged with murdering his stepson 50 years ago. Photo: Scott Heppell/PA Wire

David Dearlove arrives at Teesside Crown Court where he is charged with murdering his stepson 50 years ago. Photo: Scott Heppell/PA Wire

A jury considering its verdicts in the trial of a Great Yarmouth man accused of murdering a toddler almost 50 years ago has been sent home for the day.

David Dearlove, 71 and of Wolseley Road, denies swinging his 19-month-old stepson Paul Booth by the ankles against a fireplace in 1968.

This afternoon the jury in his case was sent home after failing to reach a verdict and are set to continue their deliberations at Teesside Crown Court tomorrow.

The grandfather has told Teesside Crown Court that the little boy, the youngest of his partner’s three children, fell out of bed at the family home in Haverton Hill, Stockton, Teesside.

Dearlove denies murder and child cruelty charges.

Paul’s brother, Peter Booth, has told the jury that, when he was three years old, he crept downstairs to get a drink and saw Dearlove swing the toddler against the mantelpiece.

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