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Man is jailed for nine years for killing girlfriend's baby son

By Benjamin Wright

A man who killed his girlfriend's six-week-old baby after hitting him with a shoe and a plastic bottle has been jailed for nine years.

Michael John Pearce was looking after Alfie Sullock while the child's mother, Donna (29) went on her first night out after giving birth.

The magistrate's son, of Nelson, Caerphilly, South Wales, had texted his girlfriend while she was out, insisting her son was fine and that he could be trusted to look after him.

Alfie died four days after being admitted to hospital with a severe bleed to the brain as well as bruising to his face and abdomen.

A jury cleared Pearce of murder but convicted him of manslaughter.

Pearce had denied all wrongdoing all throughout his three-week trial at Newport Crown Court.

However, when it came to sentencing, his defence team told a packed courtroom that Pearce had a "momentary loss of control".

Judge Mr Justice Baker asked whether jealousy had played a part.

He told Pearce: "Alfie died as a result of you having inflicted upon him multiple blunt force injuries.

"It may well be that, due to your denials... whether you were motivated by jealousy as a result of Donna's refusal to have your child earlier that evening."

And disputing Pearce's mitigation, the judge added: "This was not a momentary loss of control by a sleep-deprived parent.

"Alfie was only in your care for a short time."

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