Schoolgirl who accused baby killer Michael Pearce of sex abuse calls for her case to be reopened
Pearce, who was found guilty of the manslaughter of baby Alfie Sullock, was cleared 11 years ago of sexually assaulting a nine year old
A top London lawyer is already reviewing her case after being brought in by her family which is eager to see aspects of the original evidence reinvestigated, Wales on Sunday can reveal.
Unbowed and showing no remorse, Pearce was jailed for nine years at Newport Crown Court this week after being cleared of murdering new born Alfie but found guilty of being his killer.
Babysitter Pearce inflicted a series of sickening injuries on six-week-old Alfie using a variety of weapons during just 95 minutes alone with him at his valleys home in Nelson, near Merthyr.
Alfie suffered severe bruising to his head, upper body and even his private parts in a sustained attack in which he also endured such serious brain injury it proved fatal.
Watching and listening to every moment of the evidence against Pearce during his trial was the former schoolgirl, now aged 20, who alleged he had sexually assaulted her 11 years ago.
Pearce walked free from Cardiff Crown Court then after a jury dismissed the nine-year-old primary schoolgirl’s claims of sexual grooming and assault in favour of his vehement denials.
But both she and her anguished parents were in court this week to witness Pearce being jailed for the manslaughter of six-week-old Alfie Sullock last August.
The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, sat occasionally sobbing during parts of the two week trial and was present for the jury’s verdict.
She tearfully embraced Alfie’s grieving mum Donna Sullock when it was read out after more than a week of tense waiting and was there to see Pearce jailed on the following day.
“I felt so sorry for Donna and told her that if Pearce had been found guilty 11 years ago probably none of this would have happened, and Alfie would still be here,” she said.
She said that despite the time that has passed the trauma of giving evidence via video-link against Pearce at his four day trial was still too painful to think about.
“I was cross-examined for two hours and made to feel like a liar and a sexual deviant when I was just nine years old,” she said.
“I feel now that when the screen that the jury watched was switched off it must have felt like switching channel on TV to them, just unreal like a programme, despite everything I went through.
“They were left with the image of Pearce in court pleading with them not to ruin his life for something he claimed was not true.”
She added: “Seeing him in court for the last few weeks just brought it all back to me even though I had the support of sitting with my mum and all of Donna’s family and friends.
“He stood there in the dock with that half grin on his face just like he had 11 years ago, as if to say, you can’t touch me – but at least he is locked away now.”
She added: “There were aspects of my case that were never properly investigated before the court case and we are about to ask the police officially to look again at all the evidence against him.”
Her mother and father, who were both in Newport this week to see Pearce jailed, said their daughter had suffered an 11-year ordeal since he was cleared of the charges in the earlier trial
“It has been very very difficult to know that he was cleared and a nine-year-old girl bought up to tell the truth and act honestly was dismissed effectively as a liar,” her father said.
“It has been a strain for many reasons and we were devastated when we first learned what had happened in the case of Alfie last year.
“I have already met with a senior barrister in London who is looking at all aspects of the original case. Part of the problem is we are convinced some of the evidence against Pearce was never fully explored.
“That is something we want remedied, and we will be applying pressure through our legal representative to ensure that every aspect of what happened is fully investigated so that a new case file can be put before the Crown Prosecution Service.”
He added: “We feel that some of Pearce’s true character has finally been revealed and it’s in everybody’s interest that a full picture is drawn.”