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JAILED LAD CLEARED OF KILLING CARL, 3.

A teenager jailed for battering a three-year-old boy to death with his golf club was cleared yesterday.

Dramatic new evidence revealed the club was NOT used to kill little Carl Kennedy.

Paul Esslemont, now 21, had served five years for the manslaughter of Carl in 1992.

But his lawyer told the Appeal Court that bloodstains on Paul's jeans, trainers and the club - vital evidence in the original trial - could have been collected as he "swished" through the long grass in the search for the boy.

The judge quashed his conviction, saying that a different weapon must have been used in the brutal killing.

Paul, of Coventry, broke down in tears as he was set free.

His dad Martin said: "We are very pleased. I don't know why it has taken so long because they had this evidence two years ago.

"It has been a long time getting to this stage.

"He has always maintained his innocence. He has always believed in the justice system."
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Date:Jul 5, 1997
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