Neighbour, 23, killed convicted child killer 176 times in frenzied screwdriver attack after discovering he had murdered 15-month-old baby in 1985
- Ieuan Harley murdered David Gaut after he found out he had killed a toddler
- Mr Gaut was stabbed 150 times while he was still alive and 26 times when dead
- Neighbour Darran Evesham was found guilty of perverting the course of justice
A man has been found guilty of stabbing his neighbour to death after he discovered he was a convicted child killer.
Ieuan Harley, 23, murdered David Gaut after discovering he had been jailed for 32 years for killing toddler Chi Ming Shek in 1985, Newport Crown Court heard.
Prosecutors alleged Mr Gaut was lured to neighbour David Osborne’s flat in Long Row, New Tredegar before being attacked with a knife and a screwdriver.
Ieuan Harley (left), 23, murdered David Gaut after discovering he had been jailed for 32 years for killing toddler Chi Ming Shek in 1985, Newport Crown Court heard
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He was stabbed 150 times while he was still alive and another 26 times after his death, the court heard. His fingernails were also cut off in the attack.
His injuries were so gruesome that pictures were kept away from the jury.
Ieuan Harley murdered David Gaut after discovering he had been jailed for 32 years for killing toddler Chi Ming Shek (pictured) in 1985
A Peugeot car was set on fire hours after the killing, which Evesham claimed had been committed by ‘three spice addicts’.
Police later recovered heavily blood-stained clothing from a riverbank close to where Osborne and Evesham were caught on CCTV walking.
On Monday, a jury found Osborne, 51, not guilty of murder or manslaughter after he was accused of taking part in the killing.
Darran Evesham, 47, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice after attempting to dispose of evidence of the murder.
Osborne admitted this charge, in relation to moving Mr Gaut’s body and attempting to clean up blood, before the trial.
Police recovered heavily blood-stained clothing from a riverbank after the attack – close to where Osborne and Evesham had been caught on CCTV.
Bloodied towels and sheets were also found inside a black Sports Direct bag.
A B&M Bargains bag which contained blood-stained underwear, socks, a white T-shirt and grey Everlast tracksuit bottoms was unearthed nearby.
Police released the first images of Mr Gaut buying tickets at a train station just hours before the alleged attack at the flat of his neighbour
Mr Gaut had moved into his block of flats six weeks before his death, telling neighbours he had been released from prison after serving 33 years for killing a soldier.
But neighbour Kyle Alford and his partner Samantha Jenkins discovered he was a convicted child killer after finding his name on the Black Kalendar website, which lists British murders.
The pair told other residents at the block of flats including Osborne and Harley, who was homeless and staying at Osborne’s flat.
Mr Alford recalled one conversation he had with Mr Gaut before he died, where he joked about not liking Chinese takeaways, but would order a ‘Chi Ming Shek’, the name of the toddler he killed.
Mr Alford said Harley was ‘shocked and angry’ when he showed him the website, and Harley said he wanted to ‘cut (Gaut) up and put him down the plughole’, before telling Osborne: ‘Let’s get him in here to set him up.’
A Peugeot car was set on fire hours after the killing, which Evesham claimed had been committed by ‘three spice addicts’
Bloodied towels and sheets were also found inside a black Sports Direct bag
Osborne said Mr Gaut came to his flat on the night of his death, but said he was in his kitchen when he heard him screaming for help as Harley attacked him.
Osborne said he entered his lounge to find Harley holding a bloodied knife in his hand and standing over Mr Gaut’s body.
He asked Harley: ‘What the hell have you done in my flat?’, to which Harley replied: ‘Don’t worry, we’ll clean it all up’, before continuing to prod the body.
Osborne said he and Harley moved Mr Gaut’s body to his passageway and used bleach to clean up blood.
Around 30 minutes later they were joined by Evesham, who arrived ‘drunk’ and carried on drinking at the flat.
The three men were said to have carried Mr Gaut’s body back to his flat with socks on their hands and also attempted to clean up Osborne’s home, dispose of bloodied clothing and set fire to a car to destroy incriminating evidence.
Harley denied murder and said he had been asleep in another room when Mr Gaut was killed, while Evesham, who was cleared of murder earlier in the trial, denied helping to get rid of evidence and moving Mr Gaut’s body.
The jury at Newport Crown Court took over five hours to return their verdicts following a three-week trial.
Mr Justice Lewis remanded the three men in custody ahead of their sentencing on March 25.
Court sketch (left to right) of David Osborne, male dock officer, Ieuan Harley, female dock officer and Darran Evesham, during their trail at Newport Crown Court for their part in the murder of convicted child killer David Gaut
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