Toddler murder accused David Dearlove granted bail

A pensioner charged with murdering his ex-partner's toddler son almost 50 years ago has "exceptionally" been granted bail.

David Dearlove, 70, from Great Yarmouth, is accused of murdering 19-month-old Paul Booth, from Stockton, who died in hospital in October 1968.

At a hearing before magistrates earlier his solicitor said he would deny all offences and was remanded in custody.

He appeared via videolink at Teesside Crown Court and was granted bail.

The 70-year-old also faces a charge of child cruelty. No pleas were entered.

Investigations have been going on for 18 months.

Judge Bourne-Arton told Mr Dearlove: "Exceptionally in a case of this kind I am going to grant you bail."

The defendant must surrender his passport, not interfere with witnesses and live in Great Yarmouth.

A hearing will take place on 10 March, when a trial date could be set.

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