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The young man, David Dearlove, sits against a brick wall, his legs spread on the grass, dark eyes on the camera, mouth hinged half open in a grimace. The baby, Paul Booth, pudgy and blond, is propped against his right leg, his little feet in heavy socks and buckle shoes. A hand pinching his nose hides his face save for the eyes.
The picture, snapped in the working class neighborhood of Haverton Hill in northeast England’s Stockton on Tees in 1968, was taken just weeks before the 19 month old died violently in his home.
Nearly five decades later, when the same image floated up on Peter Booth’s Facebook feed in 2015, it kicked loose a rush of anger and memory tied to what the older Booth boy had seen when he was only 3 years old but never put into words. He decided to break his silence, an act that culminated with Booth taking the witness stand this week as Dearlove, his mother’s ex boyfriend, stands trial for Paul Booth’s murder.
“Dearlove’s son David posted an image of his dad with Paul and I got angry,” Booth, now 53, told the Teesside Crown Court, explaining his reasons for finally coming forward, the Mirror reported. “I did not want it on there because of what he had done to Paul and what he had done to me.”
Booth’s memory will probably be the central issue in the case. Dearlove, now 71, maintains his innocence.
“There was and is no doubt as to what medical condition caused the death of Paul Booth,” Richard Wright, the prosecutor told the court on Monday, as the Telegraph reported. “He died because of a severe injury to his brain that had itself been caused by a fractured skull. The real issue then in 1968 as now nearly 50 years later in 2017 is what caused that injury?”
In 1968, Dearlove lived in Haverton Hill with his girlfriend, Carol Booth, and her three children, Paul, Peter and a daughter, Stephanie.
According to court testimony heard this week, Dearlove was physically abusive with all three. The court heard the children were locked out of the house on freezing nights, the Telegraph reported. Stephanie Booth claimed her mother’s boyfriend would lie on top of her in bed and slap her if she cried.
Peter Booth testified Dearlove would “punch and kick” him and also held his head underwater in the bath. “He would keep me under the water until I was kicking,” Booth told the court, the Mirror reported. “He would hide under the bed, then hold your ankles and pull you out so you banged your head.”
On Oct. 1, 1968, Carol Booth frantically knocked on the door of her neighbor at Haverton Hill in the early evening, prosecutor Wright explained to the court this week, the Telegraph reported. The neighbor found Paul Booth unconscious on a settee. He had stopped breathing. David Dearlove was trying to resuscitate the toddler. A doctor was called, and an ambulance also arrived. The baby was taken to the hospital, where he died.