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“Evil” boyfriend murders toddler in a ‘fit of rage’ after he disturbed him while watching porn

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A man beat a two-year-old boy to death in a “fit of temper” after the toddler caught him watching porn, a court has heard.

Keigan O’Brien died at the hands of Martin Currie, his mum’s six-month-old boyfriend, in January after sustaining horrific injuries.

Sarah O’Brien, 33, was found guilty on Tuesday of child abuse and causing or authorizing her son to die.

Yesterday, at Sheffield Crown Court, Currie, 36, was found guilty of murder and jailed for life.

When he was supposed to be looking after Keigan at the family home in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, two days after the boy’s second birthday, Mrs. Justice Jennifer Eady condemned Currie’s inhuman acts.

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Justice Eady said Keigan walked in on heroin addict Currie watching pornography in bed, interrupted by “apparently caused by a temper fit.”

She said he “stripped” Keigan’s arm “violently” and broke his wrist before shaking him and tossing him to the ground, hitting his head on a hard surface, before letting him “bleed on his pillow.”

Jurors at Sheffield Crown Court were told that in the incident on January 8, Keigan suffered a brain bleed, likely from having his head hit against a wall or floor.

During the previous weeks, due to twisting, he had suffered a broken spine, broken ribs and a broken arm.

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Having listened to your evidence in this trial, it seems obvious that your account was rejected by the jury as a pack of lies: they were certain that you had inflicted Keigan’s fatal injuries, intending to cause him at least serious bodily harm,” she told Currie.”

“While you didn’t see fit to tell the truth about what happened on the morning of January 8, 2020, it seems that after Sarah O’Brien left the house to take her daughters to school, Keigan must have woken up and disturbed you as you lay on your phone in bed watching porn.”

The trial, which lasted five weeks before this morning’s verdict, heard that Currie searched on the internet for terms including “irregular breathing”, “gurgling” and “unconscious” two hours before seeking medical help.

After claiming to have noticed Keigan not breathing in bed, he and his girlfriend called 999 and did not explain how his injuries came about.

“The court heard that in messages to each other the couple had previously called Keigan derogatory names, referring to him as “w***stain” and “s***head”.

Six months prior to Keigan’s death, O’Brien began her relationship with Currie, despite warnings against doing so, the court heard.

She did not seek medical assistance in October of last year when her son received two black eyes while in Currie’s care, telling her friend that the toddler had fallen down the stairs.

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She told the friend she wasn’t taking him to the hospital because “they’re going to start asking questions.”

The prosecution said later investigation revealed blood spatters on the wall of Keigan’s high chair, not from the moment he was fatally wounded, except on Currie’s clothing.

Currie was found guilty of murder and given life imprisonment. He’s going to be serving at least 22 years behind bars.

For eight years, O’Brien was jailed.

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Kazuto Kirigaya, born as Kazuto Narusaka, is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Sword Art Online series of light novels written by Reki Kawahara.

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