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30 July 2014, 13:59
A man who beat his girlfriend's baby to death has been sentenced to 9 years.
Michael Peace from Nelson, Caerphilly was looking after 6 week old Alfie Sullock while his mum went on her first night out after giving birth last August.
During the trial, Newport Crown Court heard the baby had suffered brain damage and bruising to his body.
The jury was told Pearce had beaten Alfie with a shoe and plastic bottle.
The 33 year old called 999 just minutes after calling mum Donna Sullock to tell her he was fine and asleep.
When paramedics arrived Alfie was described as cold and lifeless.
He died 4 days later at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.
In passing sentence, Judge Mr Justice Baker said: ``Alfie died as a result of you having inflicted upon him multiple blunt force injuries.
"This is not a case of a harassed sleep deprived parent and a momentary loss of control...he was only in your care for a short amount of time before the fatal injuries were inflicted.
"His age made him particularly vulnerable, you were responsible for his care".
33 year old Pearce was sentenced to 9 years - he'll have to serve at least half before he can be released on licence.