Man who lured child killer to flat and stabbed him 176 times guilty of murder

A man has been found guilty of murdering a convicted child killer who was stabbed 176 times.

Ieuan Harley, 23, killed David Gaut, 54, after he was lured into a friend’s home on the pretence of borrowing a DVD.

At least 150 of the victim’s injuries were delivered while he was alive and another 26 after his death- but they were so gruesome that pictures had to be deliberately kept away from a jury, the trial previously heard.

Prosecutor Ben Douglas-Jones QC had said Mr Gaut suffered grouped stab injuries across his body, as well as wounds to his skull, both eyes, his neck, and near his mouth.

Mr Douglas-Jones said the tip of a knife had broken off into Gaut’s sternum after it was plunged into him.

The brutal killing happened after Harley discovered Gaut had been jailed for the murder of a toddler in 1985.

Gaut had been locked up for murdering a 17-month-old boy – but was rehoused in Harley’s home village after being released from a 33-year jail term.

Harley and Darran Evesham, 47, were also found guilty of perverting the course of justice after attempting to conceal evidence from the attack.

David Osborne, 51, was cleared of both murder and manslaughter but had earlier pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.

The jury at Newport Crown Court took over five hours to return their verdicts on this afternoon following a three-week trial.

Mr Douglas-Jones previously said: "He was stabbed so many times you can not tell how many times he has been stabbed in one place."

He added: "He was conscious and unable to move. He was held in one place."

The prosecutor said the stab wounds caused a "torrential haemorrhage" which led to Gaut’s death.

He said some photos of Gaut’s injuries had not been shown to the jury because they were "distressing".

Newport Crown Court heard Gaut had moved into a flat next door to Harley’s friend David Osborne in the village of New Tredegar, Gwent after being released from prison.

Gaut pretended he had been in prison for murdering a soldier – but his neighbours discovered the truth about his dark secret after searching the internet.

Gaut was lured to Osborne’s house on the pretence of borrowing a DVD – only to be brutally murdered by enraged Harley.

Osborne, Harley and a fellow friend dragged his dead body back next door and tried to clean up the crime scene.

Prosecutor Ben Douglas-Jones QC said: "He was duly lured to the flat and he was stabbed to death.

"After the murder all three men played an active part in moving the body back to his own home.

"They dragged him down a covered walkway.

"They cleaned Osborne’s flat and tried to get rid of bloodied clothing and they set fire to a car, the prosecution say, to destroy incriminating items."

In 1985, Gaut was babysitting his girlfriend’s son Chi Ming Shek – known as Marky Pickthall – when he battered, kicked and burned the sole of this child’s foot.

The baby’s mum Jane Pickthall, then 23, had been out drinking and left Gaut to look after her two young children.

She arrived home in Caerphilly, South Wales, and made love to Gaut – but the next day she found her son’s dead body under a chest of drawers.

A murder trial at Cardiff Crown Court heard Gaut tried to make the death look accidental.

Miss Pickthall found Marky dead underneath a chest of drawers in his bedroom.

The baby died of multiple injuries including a broken arm, injured liver and spleen and a fractured skull.

Gaut was convicted of murder and jailed for life in July 1985 – but was released on parole in November.

Osborne and Harley, of New Tredegar, Gwent, denied murder. Harley was convicted but Osborne was cleared of murder and manslaughter by a jury after two days.

Evesham, also of New Tredegar, was cleared of murder midway through the trial.

Mr Douglas-Jones said: "The murder in this case was brutal.

"The deceased Mr Gaut himself committed a violent offence.

"It is no part of our function to judge him for that. He was judged by a jury all those years ago. He was sentenced and he served that sentence.

"You have to stand back from the emotion involved in the case.

"I would ask you to stand back from the brutality of the murder. Analyse the case logically."

The trio moved Gaut’s body after he was killed and attempted to clean up his blood and dispose of his clothing.

All three will be sentenced on Wednesday.

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