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Stepdad’s vile act before killing boy

A man jailed for murdering his stepson watched porn before the attack – and then rang his drug dealer as the two-year-old lay dying.On Wednesday, Martin Currie, 36, was jailed for a minimum of 22 years for killing Keigan O’Brien.Fresh details have since emerged of the moments before he bashed Keigan to death at the…

A man jailed for murdering his stepson watched porn before the attack – and then rang his drug dealer as the two-year-old lay dying.

On Wednesday, Martin Currie, 36, was jailed for a minimum of 22 years for killing Keigan O’Brien.

Fresh details have since emerged of the moments before he bashed Keigan to death at the family home in Doncaster, South Yorkshire on January 8, The Sun reports.

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When Keigan interrupted him in bed watching porn on his phone, Currie slammed the two-year-old against a wall or a floor in a fit of rage.

Analysis of the heroin addict’s phone usage revealed he had also been looking at gambling sites and had contacted his drug dealer.

Currie attacked Keigan just four days after his second birthday, while his mum, Sarah O’Brien, 33, was taking her other children to school.

When she returned to their home, Keigan was unresponsive in bed.

But instead of immediately calling an ambulance, the pair spent two hours concocting a story – by which time it was too late to save the child.

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The boy died from a bleed on the brain inflicted by Currie’s violent outburst.

A post-mortem revealed Keigan had also suffered a broken spine, broken ribs, black eyes and a broken arm due to twisting in the weeks before his murder.

When searching the family home, police also found Keigan’s blood on his high chair, on a wall, and on Currie’s clothing.

O’Brien was cleared of murder, but found guilty of causing or allowing the death of her son and jailed for eight years.

Currie was found guilty of the boy’s murder as well as child cruelty and jailed for at least 22 years.

The pair, who had only been dating for six months, referred to Keigan as “w***stain” and “s***head”, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

And on one occasion Currie was seen manhandling Keigan before yelling: “Stop moaning, you little b**tard”.

Jill Brookes, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Tragically, little Keigan O’Brien’s life came to an end only four days after his second birthday.

“He was killed in his own home – the place where he should have been safest from harm.

“Having heard all the evidence, the jury decided that Currie inflicted fatal injuries on the defenceless little boy, and O’Brien took no steps to protect her child.

“They both then lied about what had happened. The pair are now facing lengthy prison sentences.

“The desperately sad and shocking outcome of this case is that Keigan’s life ended before it had barely begun.

“Our thoughts remain with the rest of Keigan’s family, as they have been throughout.”

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

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