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A convicted child killer has been murdered following his release from prison after 32 years.
David Gaut, 54, was discovered dead by police in his rented flat where he moved in alone just six weeks ago.
In 1985, 21-year-old Gaut tortured and killed a 17-month-old baby boy in a village just 11 miles away.
The murdered man was released from jail last November, a Ministry of Justice source confirmed last night.
Villagers in New Tredegar, near Caerphilly, South Wales, said feelings had been running “very high” as people were convinced he was the child killer.
One neighbour in New Tredegar said: “He first of all told us he was inside for a crime but he didn’t do it. He then said he had shot someone a long time ago but we knew that wasn’t true.
“Everyone knew he killed a baby and everyone was talking about it.” Another neighbour said: “There have been a lot of rumours around here and some people remember the baby being killed – it was a horrible crime.
“People get angry at the thought of the village being used as a dumping ground. People have been talking about paedos and killers moving in here.
“Some people are certain it is the same man and there has been a lot of gossip going around.”
Gaut murdered his girlfriend’s son, Chi Ming Shek – known as Marky. The toddler was battered, kicked, and had burns on the sole of his foot.
The boy’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 had sex with 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.
But pathologist Dr Owen Williams said the baby’s injuries could have been caused by punching, kicking, falling, being thrown, or a combination of these.
Prosecutor Aubrey Myerson said neighbours heard loud noises while Miss Pickthall was out.
She told a jury how she found Marky dead underneath a chest of drawers in his bedroom.
She could see his groin, chest and forehead were bruised. Mr Myerson said: “The killing did not arise from just one attack but from a series of assaults.”
Unemployed Gaut told police Marky had got out of the cot and claimed he smacked the tot’s bottom but he fell down the stairs.
The baby died of multiple injuries including a broken arm, injured liver and spleen, and a fractured skull.
A Parole Board spokeswoman confirmed Gaut had been directed for release last November.
A Prison and Probation Service spokesperson said: “Thorough risk assessments are carried out before deciding on accommodation for offenders released on licence.”
Gwent Police said Gaut’s body was discovered at around 3pm on Saturday.
A spokesman said: “The cause of death has yet to be established.”
Two men, aged 23 and 51, of New Tredegar and a man, 47, of Aberbargoed, have been arrested on suspicion of murder. They are in police custody.