South East Wales

Alfie Sullock: Date for Michael Pearce sentence review

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Image caption Pearce had displayed 'obsessive behaviour' towards Alfie's mother, his trial heard

A man jailed for killing six-week-old Alfie Sullock will have his nine-year sentence reviewed at the Court of Appeal next month following complaints it was unduly lenient.

Michael Pearce, 33, from Nelson, Caerphilly, was convicted of the manslaughter of his girlfriend's son.

Solicitor General Robert Buckland referred the case to the Court of Appeal in London under the unduly lenient sentence scheme.

The appeal will be heard on 8 October.

Pearce's trial at Newport Crown Court in August heard how he battered baby Alfie with a shoe and a plastic bottle while his mother Donna Sullock, from Cardiff, went on her first night out since giving birth.

The pair had become friends when she was six months pregnant, and later became a couple.

The magistrate's son had denied murder and manslaughter but was convicted of the lesser charge after nearly 36 hours of deliberation.

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