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Life sentence for man who murdered child killer David Gaut

Credit: South Wales Police

A man has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 24 years after being found guilty of stabbing a convicted child killer to death.

Ieuan Harley, 23, stabbed David Gaut at least 150 times after discovering he had recently been released from jail.

Gaut served a 32-year jail sentence for killing 15-month-old Chi Ming Shek in 1985.

David Gaut served a life sentence for the murder of a 15-month-old

Mr Gaut was killed in his neighbour's flat before having his fingernails removed and being stabbed a further 26 times after his death with a screwdriver, leaving him injuries so gruesome they were kept away from the jury during his killer's trial.

Harley's friends David Osbourne, 51, and Darran Evesham, 47, helped him move Gaut's body from Osbourne's flat back to his own at Long Row, New Tredegar, before then helping to remove evidence from the flat.

David Osbourne, 51 Darran Evesham, 47, helped move Gaut's body from Osbourne's flat Credit: South Wales Police

Police later recovered heavily blood-stained clothing inside a black Sports Direct bag from a riverbank close to where Osborne and Evesham were caught on CCTV walking later that night.

Harley was found guilty of murder and perverting the course of justice, Evesham was found guilty of perverting the course of justice, while Osborne was cleared of murder after he had admitted perverting the course of justice.

On Monday at their sentencing hearing, Harley's actions were described as "savage" and "brutal", as the court heard he had a number of violent convictions to his name.

Mr Justice Lewis said Mr Gaut had experienced "real suffering" at Harley's hands before he was "brutally" murdered and mutilated after his death.

Harley, of no fixed address, was jailed for life with a minimum of 24 years, while Evesham, from Powell's Terrace, New Tredegar, was jailed for three years and six months, and Osborne, of Long Row, Elliots Town, for two years and four months.

David’s past conviction and prison sentence attracted significant media and public interest; however, this did not distract us from the focus of our investigation, which was to identify who was responsible for his death and bring them to justice.

Finally, I would like to pay my respects to David’s family, who in the past eight months have had to come to terms with his death and re-live events of the past, in which they played no part. I hope they will now be given privacy and the opportunity to move forward with their lives

– Detective Superintendent Judith Roberts, Gwent Police

Gaut's Mother says no-one would bury her son

Phyllis Gaut, 76, told Newport Crown Court in a statement at the sentencing of Ieuan Harley that her "vulnerable" son had been "robbed" of the chance to prove he had changed.

My son was brutally murdered by a vigilante because he thought he had the right to sentence him to death.

Some people thought David was a monster but he was my son and I loved him.

He has been taken in the cruellest of ways. He died by being tortured.

I spoke to (David) Osborne who assured me he would look after David.

Harley is no better than David. He is a killer.

– Phyllis Gaut

Mrs Gaut said she had to have David Gaut's ashes scattered in an unknown location after no-one would bury her body.

David was vulnerable and defenceless and was not a threat to him.

His death has left me with a huge void in my heart.

He spent over 30 years in prison for killing Marky (Chi Ming Shek) and had paid for what he did.

His time in prison left him vulnerable and questioning where his place was in society. He struggled to understand how much the world had moved on since he had been in prison.

His crime was unbelievable. We spent some time coming to terms with what he did and I believe his release from prison was a chance for him to do some good.

I feel like I have no right to mourn for his death. No-one would bury him. I had to borrow money from family members to have him buried, which we had done in private. I don't even know where his ashes have been scattered.

– Phyllis Gaut