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Calls for case against Pearce to be reopened.

Byline: Antony Stone Reporter antony.stone@walesonline.co.uk

A SCHOOLGIRL who baby killer Michael Pearce stood trial for sexually assaulting is calling for her case to be re-opened in the wake of his conviction for causing the death of Alfie Sullock.

A top London lawyer is reviewing her case, after being brought in by her family, who are eager to see aspects of the evidence reinvestigated.

Pearce was jailed for nine years at Newport Crown Court this week after being cleared of murdering newborn Alfie but being found guilty of being his killer.

Babysitter Pearce inflicted a series of sickening injuries on six-week-old Alfie, using a variety of weapons, during just 95 minutes alone with him at his Valleys home in Nelson, near Merthyr Tydfil. Watching and listening to every moment of the evidence against Pearce during his trial was the former schoolgirl, now 20, who alleged he sexually assaulted her 11 years ago.

Pearce walked free from Cardiff Crown Court then, after a jury dismissed the nine-year-old schoolgirl's claims of sexual grooming and assault in favour of his vehement denials.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, sat, occasionally sobbing, during parts of the twoweek trial and was present for the jury's verdict.

She tearfully embraced Alfie's grieving mum Donna Sullock when the verdict was read out.

"I felt so sorry for Donna and told her that if Pearce had been found guilty 11 years ago probably none of this would have happened, and Alfie would still be here," she said.

Her father said: "I have already met with a senior barrister in London who is looking at all aspects of the original case. Part of the problem is, we are convinced, some of the evidence against Pearce was never fully explored.

"That is something we want remedied, and we will be applying pressure through our legal representative to ensure that every aspect of what happened is fully investigated so that a new case file can be put before the Crown Prosecution Service."

He added: "We feel that some of Pearce's true character has finally been revealed and it's in everybody's interest that a full picture is drawn."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 4, 2014
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