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UK News Three men are charged with murder of child killer found beaten to death after villagers 'rifled through his mail and searched Google to reveal his sick past' when he moved in after his 33-year jail term ended

09:05  09 august  2018
09:05  09 august  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Child killer, 54, is murdered just weeks after being freed from jail after new neighbours heard rumours of sickening past

  Child killer, 54, is murdered just weeks after being freed from jail after new neighbours heard rumours of sickening past Police have arrested three men on suspicion of murdering David Gaut, 54, after he was found dead at his flat in South Wales amid fears he could be the same person as a convicted child killer.David Gaut, 54, was 21 when he was jailed for life in July 1985 for the murder and torture of a 17-month old Chi Ming Shek.

e- mail . Three men were tonight charged with murdering a child killer who was found battered to death after being released from prison when locals uncovered his sick past . David Gaut, 54, was jailed for life after brutally killing 17-month old Chi Ming Shek in South Wales 33 years ago.

Three men are charged with murder of child killer found beaten to death after villagers ' rifled through his mail and searched Google to reveal his sick past ' when he moved in after his 33 - year jail term ended . Pictured: Jungle cave where Indonesian shaman, 83, 'kept a

Officers are also carrying out fingertip searches for evidence outside the council flat © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Officers are also carrying out fingertip searches for evidence outside the council flat

Three men were charged with murdering a child killer who was found battered to death after being released from prison when locals uncovered his sick past.  

David Gaut, 54, was jailed for life after brutally killing 17-month old Chi Ming Shek in South Wales 33 years ago.

He was found dead with serious head and facial injuries on Saturday in his rented council flat in New Tredegar - 11 miles from where he killed Chi in Caerphilly.

a man standing in front of a house: Foirensics officers photograph the lawn of 54-year-old David Gaut was found dead at his flat in New Tredegar, South Wales, pictured © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Foirensics officers photograph the lawn of 54-year-old David Gaut was found dead at his flat in New Tredegar, South Wales, pictured

The three men, Darren Evesham, 47, David Osbourne, 51 and Ieuan Harley, 23, all from the New Tredegar area, were tonight charged with his killing.

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 Police have arrested three men on suspicion of murdering David Gaut, 54, after he was found dead at his flat in South Wales amid fears he could be the same person as a convicted child killer.David Gaut, 54, was found at his home in New Tredegar, near Caerphilly in South Wales, after gossip about the crime swept the village.

Three men are charged with murder of child killer found beaten to death after villagers ' rifled through his mail and searched Google to reveal his sick past ' when he moved in after his 33 - year jail term ended .

Three men are charged with murder of child killer found beaten to death after villagers ' rifled through his mail and searched Google to reveal his sick past ' when he moved in after his 33 - year jail term ended .

Today Chi's mother Jane Pickthall was shocked by the news he had been murdered and told MailOnline she had no idea he had been killed - but declined to comment further.

Gaut was released from prison in November and was housed in New Tredegar last month - but locals in his new neighbourhood found out about his sickening past using Google.

a person standing in front of a building: Teams have been conducting searches of the property, pictured, today wearing protective clothing, with locals saying they have checked 'bins, houses and even the river' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Teams have been conducting searches of the property, pictured, today wearing protective clothing, with locals saying they have checked 'bins, houses and even the river'

One said: 'He was given a good beating. Some people are saying he should have the same treatment he gave to that baby. An eye for an eye'.  

Gaut, who told new neighbours he had served 33 years for killing a soldier, was babysitting for his then girlfriend when he battered, kicked, and burned the sole of Chi's foot before dumping his battered body under a chest of drawers.

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  A Welsh town was suspicious of a newcomer. His shocking secret came out, and now he’s been murdered. David Gaut's murder has suddenly thrown focus back on another crime from 1985, when a 17-month-old child was tortured and killed.The houses running down Long Row are identical — pitched roofs, tan paint, satellite dishes angled skyward. The newcomer, 54-year-old David Gaut, moved into a ground-floor unit pressed close to a rising hill. The tight community didn’t initially take much notice. The flat was owned by the local government. “They’re always moving people in and out,” a neighbor told the Sun.

Three men are charged with murder of child killer found beaten to death after villagers ' rifled through his mail and searched Google to reveal his sick past ' when he moved in after his 33 - year jail term ended . Pictured: Jungle cave where Indonesian shaman, 83, 'kept a

Three men are charged with murder of child killer found beaten to death after villagers ' rifled through his mail and searched Google to reveal his sick past ' when he moved in after his 33 - year jail term ended .

He even had sex with the boy's mother after the murder and it was only the next morning when she found her beloved son dead with a broken arm, torn liver and a fractured skull.

a black and white photo of a person: Jane Pickthall, whose live-in lover Gaut murdered her 17 month old baby © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Jane Pickthall, whose live-in lover Gaut murdered her 17 month old baby Murder victim, Chi Ming Shek. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Murder victim, Chi Ming Shek.

Today it emerged that the child killer had been released from prison in November - and he may have been moved three times before ending up in the home where he died.

He told locals he had served 33 years for murder  - but insisted it was because he had shot a soldier and claimed he was a victim of a miscarriage of justice.

But it appears residents of New Tredegar delved further and found out more about his terrible past using Google.

a person in a newspaper: Pictured: A South Wales Echo front page article from the time David Gaut was put on trial for killing Chi and lied that it was an accident © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Pictured: A South Wales Echo front page article from the time David Gaut was put on trial for killing Chi and lied that it was an accident

Gaut was found dead with severe facial and head injuries in his council-owned flat.  

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Three men are charged with murder of child killer found beaten to death after villagers ' rifled through his mail and searched Google to reveal his sick past ' when he moved in after his 33 - year jail term ended .

Three men are charged with murder of child killer found beaten to death after villagers ' rifled through his mail and searched Google to reveal his sick past ' when he moved in after his 33 - year jail term ended .

Villager are furious that Gaut was housed in a council flat in their community.

They became suspicious after Gaut 'bragged' to them he had served time for 33 years.

a van parked on the side of a road: Police are also searching the river behind the property and wheelie bin, reportedly for a weapon © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Police are also searching the river behind the property and wheelie bin, reportedly for a weapon

A local, who did not want to be named, said: 'We got to know him quite well since he'd moved in.

'He used to go on about how he had been in prison for 33 years. He bragged about it. He told us he had shot a soldier but he told us he had been set up.

'We were in his flat and saw his middle name was Tracy on the letters he had.

a close up of a white building: Three men have been arrested after the murder, which took place at Gaut's basement flat (pictured today) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Three men have been arrested after the murder, which took place at Gaut's basement flat (pictured today)

'We thought that was unusual so I googled him to see if I could find out what he had done.

'That's when we saw the details of what he did to the baby boy. We couldn't believe it.

'It's disgusting. I can't believe we have been living (near) that. Apparently he's been moved three times since he's been out if prison. Word got out then about what he had done.'  

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Three men are charged with murder of child killer found beaten to death after villagers ' rifled through his mail and searched Google to reveal his sick past ' when he moved in after his 33 - year jail term ended .

Three men are charged with murder of child killer found beaten to death after villagers ' rifled through his mail and searched Google to reveal his sick past ' when he moved in after his 33 - year jail term ended .

a person standing in front of a building: Forensic teams, pictured at the scene, have also inspected a burnt out car today © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Forensic teams, pictured at the scene, have also inspected a burnt out car today

Another woman said: '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.'    

Neighbours say police have been combing the area and looking inside wheelie bins while forensics officers were photographing the lawn outside his home.

Searches are also believed to have been carried out in a river behind the properties.

One man said: 'They've been looking everywhere. There was a burnt out car that they were looking at.

'They've been in our bins and looked in the river as well.' 

Another local said he had spoken to David Gaut but had no idea of his crimes.

He said: 'I helped to move his TV into the his house. He's only been here a matter of weeks.

'He told me that had served 33 years but said he didn't do it. I didn't ask questions.

'I was away when it happened so I didn't hear anything but I'm not surprised. You don't know who is moving into this street any more.

'I didn't have much to do with him but I spoke to him from time to time.

'The police have been combing all the grass so it looks like they are looking for a murder weapon.

'I've lived [nearby] for years and it used to be great. We used to have lovely street parties. It's all changed now.' 

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Three men are charged with murder of child killer found beaten to death after villagers ' rifled through his mail and searched Google to reveal his sick past ' when he moved in after his 33 - year jail term ended .

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The Ministry of Justice today confirmed that there had been a risk assessment before Gaut moved in last month.

A Prison and Probation Service spokesperson said: 'Thorough risk assessments are carried out before deciding on accommodation for offenders released on licence.

'There is an ongoing police investigation, so it would be in appropriate to comment further.'

Toddler Chi was tortured and murdered in Caerphilly. 

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.

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.

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Three men are charged with murder of child killer found beaten to death after villagers ' rifled through his mail and searched Google to reveal his sick past ' when he moved in after his 33 - year jail term ended .

Three men are charged with murder of child killer found beaten to death after villagers ' rifled through his mail and searched Google to reveal his sick past ' when he moved in after his 33 - year jail term ended . Pictured: Jungle cave where Indonesian shaman, 83, 'kept a

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

He said at the time the boy had tripped and fallen down the stairs. 

But pathologist Dr Owen Williams said the baby's injuries could only 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.

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.'

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Three men are charged with murder of child killer found beaten to death after villagers ' rifled through his mail and searched Google to reveal his sick past ' when he moved in after his 33 - year jail term ended .

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.  

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'.

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.' 

The three suspects will appear at Newport Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

A police 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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