A man charged with murdering his ex-partner's toddler son almost 50 years ago has "exceptionally" been granted bail.
David Dearlove, 70, is accused of murdering 19-month-old Paul Booth, from Haverton Hill, Stockton, who died in hospital in October 1968. He also faces a charge of child cruelty.
The defendant did not enter pleas during the brief hearing at Teesside Crown Court via video-link from Holme House Prison on Wednesday, but at a hearing before magistrates two days earlier his solicitor said he would deny the offences.
On that occasion he was remanded in custody but Judge Simon Bourne-Arton has now granted him bail.
Paul Cleasby, applying for bail, said Dearlove has lived in Great Yarmouth in Norfolk with his wife of 36 years and has no previous convictions.
Investigations have been going on for 18 months and Dearlove surrendered himself to police when required, Mr Cleasby said.
Judge Bourne-Arton told Dearlove: "Exceptionally in a case of this kind I am going to grant you bail."
The defendant must surrender his passport, not interfere with witnesses and live in Great Yarmouth.
A hearing will take place on March 10, when a trial date could be set.
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A 70-year-old man has appeared at Teesside Magistrates' Court charged with murder.
It follows the death of an 18-month-old boy almost 50 years ago in Stockton.
Accused named as David Alan Dearlove from Great Yarmouth
He confirms name age and address
Immediately remanded into custody. He will next appear at crown court on Wednesday.
Victim named in court as 18 month old Paul Booth
A 70-year-old man has been charged with murder following the death of an 18-month-old boy almost 50 years ago.
Cleveland Police said the toddler, who was from the Haverton Hill area of Stockton, died on Tuesday October 1 1968.
Police said the man is from the Great Yarmouth area of Norfolk.
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