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Alfie Sullock death: Michael Pearce nine-year term reviewed

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Image caption Pearce claimed he did not hurt Alfie and gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation

The nine-year jail sentence of the man convicted of killing baby Alfie Sullock is being reviewed by the Attorney General after complaints it is too lenient.

Michael Pearce, 33, from Nelson, Caerphilly, was jailed for the manslaughter of his girlfriend's six-week-old son in July.

The Attorney General's Office said it had received around 10 complaints.

The sentence can be referred to the Court of Appeal for reconsideration.

A spokeswoman for the Attorney General Office said a decision will be made by the end of August.

Last month, Newport Crown Court heard Alfie was battered with a shoe and a plastic bottle.

The trial heard Alfie's mother, Donna Sullock from Cardiff had left him with Pearce to enjoy her first night out since giving birth.

The pair had become friends while she was six months pregnant, and later became a couple.

The magistrate's son had denied murder and manslaughter but was convicted of the lesser charge after nearly 36 hours of deliberation.

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Image caption Alfie Sullock was beaten with a shoe and plastic bottle, the trial jury was told

Judge Mr Justice Baker said Alfie died as a result of Pearce inflicting multiple blunt force injuries on the child.

The court heard Pearce began to display "obsessive behaviour" towards Ms Sullock and asked her to give him a child weeks into their relationship, which she had refused.

In his summing up, Mr Justice Baker said: "It may well be that due to your denials we may never know whether you were motivated by jealousy as a result of Donna's refusal to have your child earlier that evening."

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