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UK News Child killer, 54, is murdered just weeks after being freed from jail after new neighbours heard rumours of sickening past that saw him batter a toddler to death and hide the corpse before having sex with boy's mother

07:45  08 august  2018
07:45  08 august  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A convicted child killer has been murdered following his release from prison after 32 years. In 1985, 21-year-old Gaut tortured and killed a 17-month-old baby boy in a village just 11 miles away. The murdered man was released from jail last November, a Ministry of Justice source confirmed last night.

Child killer , 54 , is murdered just weeks after being freed from jail after new neighbours heard rumours of sickening past that saw him batter a toddler to death and hide the corpse before having sex with boy ' s mother .

Three men have been arrested after rumours swept the village that Gaut was the same man who tortured a baby in the 1980s © Daily Mail Three men have been arrested after rumours swept the village that Gaut was the same man who tortured a baby in the 1980s A child killer who tortured a toddler to death in 1985 has been found murdered in a house he recently moved to after his new neighbours discovered his sickening past.

David Gaut, 54, was found at his home in New Tredegar, near Caerphilly in South Wales, after gossip about the crime swept the village. 

After arriving in the area six weeks ago, Gaut admitted to spending 33 years in prison - but told neighbours he had shot someone.

However reports from the time reveal Gaut was indeed jailed 33 years ago, but for the shocking murder of his girlfriend's 17-month-old son. 

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Child killer , 54 , is murdered just weeks after being freed from jail after new neighbours heard rumours of sickening past that saw him batter a toddler to death and hide the corpse before having sex with boy ' s mother .

Child killer , 54 , is murdered just weeks after being freed from jail after new neighbours learned of his sickening past that saw him batter toddler to death then have sex with boy ' s mother having hidden the corpse in her house.

Gaut hid the battered body of young Chi Ming Shek under a chest of drawers and then had sex with the boy's mother in the same house. 

The toddler was tortured and murdered in Caerphilly - just 11 miles from New Tredegar. 

Police confirmed the name of the man found dead on Saturday is called David Gaut, but refused to comment on whether he was the child killer. They said his next of kin has been informed and inquiries are continuing.

a black and white photo of a man: Neighbours became 'convinced' the victim was the same person who killed 17-month-old Chi Ming Shek, pictured, according to reports in the village © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Neighbours became 'convinced' the victim was the same person who killed 17-month-old Chi Ming Shek, pictured, according to reports in the village

But villagers told how feelings were running 'very high' as people were convinced it was the same person as the child killer.

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Child killer , 54 , is murdered just weeks after being freed from jail after new neighbours heard rumours of sickening past that saw him batter a toddler to death and hide the corpse before having sex with boy ' s mother .

Child killer , 54 , is murdered just weeks after being freed from jail after new neighbours learned of his sickening past that saw him batter toddler to death then have sex with boy ' s mother having hidden the corpse in her house.

Gaut, then 21, was jailed for life in July 1985 after babysitting his girlfriend's son Chi Ming Shek - known as Marky - when he battered, kicked, and burned the sole of the child's foot.

The baby's mother, Jane Pickthall, then 23, had been out drinking and left Gaut to look after her two young children.

a person in a newspaper: Pictured: A South Wales Echo front page article from the time David Gaut was arrested after the death of Chi Ming Shek © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Pictured: A South Wales Echo front page article from the time David Gaut was arrested after the death of Chi Ming Shek She arrived home in Caerphilly, South Wales, and had sex with Gaut - but the next day she found her son's dead body under a chest of drawers.

A murder trial at Cardiff Crown Court heard Gaut tried to make the death look accidental.

But pathologist Dr Owen Williams said the baby's injuries could have been caused by punching, kicking, falling, being thrown or a combination of these.

Prosecutor Aubrey Myerson QC said while the mum was out neighbours heard loud noises - including banging and crashes.

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Child killer , 54 , is murdered just weeks after being freed from jail after new neighbours learned of his sickening past that saw him batter toddler to death then have sex with boy ' s mother having hidden the corpse in her house.

Child killer , 54 , is murdered just weeks after being freed from jail after new neighbours learned of his sickening past that saw him batter toddler to death then have sex with boy ' s mother having hidden the corpse in her house.

a small house in front of a building: Three men have been arrested after rumours swept the village that Gaut was the same man who tortured a baby in the 1980s © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Three men have been arrested after rumours swept the village that Gaut was the same man who tortured a baby in the 1980s Miss Pickthall told a jury how she found Marky dead underneath a chest of drawers in his bedroom. She could see he was badly bruised in the groin area, chest and forehead.

Mr Myerson said: 'The killing did not arise from just one attack but from a series of assaults.'

Unemployed Gaut told police Marky had got out of the cot and claimed he smacked the tot's bottom but he fell down the stairs.

He said he gave Marky mouth to mouth and put him back in the cot - because he 'looked all right'.

The baby died of multiple injuries including a broken arm, injured liver and spleen and a fractured skull. Gaut would have been due to apply for parole since he was jailed. 

a van parked on the side of a road: Police have not commented amid claims from neighbours Mr Gaut is the same person as a convicted child killer © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Police have not commented amid claims from neighbours Mr Gaut is the same person as a convicted child killer After Mr Gaut's body was found at about 3pm on Saturday a source said: 'This is an active murder investigation and we would never comment on claims about a victim's past.'

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Child killer , 54 , is murdered just weeks after being freed from jail after new neighbours heard rumours of sickening past that saw him batter a toddler to death and hide the corpse before having sex with boy ' s mother .

Child killer , 54 , is murdered just weeks after being freed from jail after new neighbours heard rumours of sickening past that saw him batter a toddler to death and hide the corpse before having sex with boy ' s mother .

Neighbours spoke of their shock and some said they do not feel safe in the area while others were 'convinced' the victim was the same man as the convicted killer. 

Residents at Long Row, New Tredegar, said that Gaut told them that he had spent time in prison 'for a crime he didn't do'.

One woman said: 'He has been living here for about six weeks but he's not from here. He's not local. He told us he'd been to prison for 33 years.'

A man at the same house said: 'He first of all told us he was inside for a crime but he didn't do it.

'He then said he had shot someone a long time ago but we knew that wasn't true. Everyone knew he killed a baby and everyone was talking about it.'

a building next to a fence: Mr Gaut was found dead at home but police have refused to reveal whether or not he was the child killer © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mr Gaut was found dead at home but police have refused to reveal whether or not he was the child killer Others spoke of their shock and say they do not feel safe after a series of people were moved into social housing.

One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: 'It used to be just old age pensioners and disabled people but about two months ago they started to move in other people.

'I don't feel safe to stay here. I'd like to move unless they do something about it. We have a school at the end of the road - 100 yards away.'

Another neighbour said: 'There have been a lot of rumours around here and some people remember the baby being killed - it was horrible crime.

'People get angry at the thought of the village being used as a dumping ground. People have been talking about paedos and killers moving in here.

'Some people are certain it is the same man and there has been a lot of gossip going around like wildfire.'

Two men, aged 23 and 51, of New Tredegar and a man, 47, of Aberbargoed, have been arrested on suspicion of murder. They are currently in police custody for questioning.

A spokesman said: 'The cause of death has yet to be established and will be determined following a post mortem examination. Anyone with information should call Gwent Police.' 

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