A pensioner has gone on trial accused of killing his step-son nearly 50-years ago, after the victim's brother - who was just three at the time - came forward and told police he had witnessed the murder.
David Dearlove is standing trial for the murder of Paul Booth, who died in hospital in October 1968, after an incident at their home in Stockton-on-Tees.
The Hartlepool Mail reported that Peter had told police on three occasions but the case remained closed until 2015, when he gave a police interview.
Dearlove stands accused of murdering his young stepson by swinging him round by the ankles and smashing his head into a fireplace, the court was told.
It came after he was incensed when a picture of Dearlove with Paul was posted on Facebook.
Prosecutor Richard Wright QC told Teesside Crown Court a fractured skull had been the cause of Paul's death, but the jury needed to decide how it had happened.
'He had watched as his stepfather smashed the little boy's head into the fire surround, causing the fatal injury to his skull by the impact. It had been murder'.
Paul had suffered a series of previous injuries, often at times when Dearlove was in sole charge of him, Mr Wright added. Bruises found on his body were of "differing ages".
Dearlove, who denies murder as well as manslaughter and three charges of cruelty, claimed Paul had fallen out of bed and struck his head on the floor.
The photograph and video of David Dearlove, 71, of Wolseley Road, were taken on the first day of his trial at Teeside Crown Court yesterday.