A man beat a two-year-old boy to death in a "fit of temper" after the toddler caught him watching porn, a court has heard.

Keigan O'Brien died in January after suffering horrific injuries at the hands of Martin Currie, his mum's boyfriend of six months.

On Tuesday Sarah O'Brien, 33, was found guilty of child cruelty and causing or allowing the death of her son.

Yesterday Currie, 36, was found guilty of murder and jailed for life at Sheffield Crown Court.

Sentencing, Mrs Justice Jennifer Eady condemned Currie's cruel actions when he was supposed to be looking after Keigan at the family home in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, two days after the boy's second birthday.

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Justice Eady said Keigan had walked in on heroin addict Currie watching pornography in bed, who was "apparently triggered by a fit of temper" at being interrupted.

She said he "violently yanked" Keigan's arm, fracturing his wrist, before shaking him and throwing him down to the ground, hitting his head on a hard surface, before leaving him to "bleed on to his pillow".

Jurors at Sheffield Crown Court were told Keigan suffered a brain bleed in the incident on January 8, possibly from having his head hit against a wall or the floor.

Over the previous weeks, he had suffered a broken spine, broken ribs and a broken arm due to twisting.

"Having listened to your evidence in this trial, it seems apparent that the jury rejected your account as a pack of lies: they were sure that you inflicted the fatal injuries on Keigan, intending to cause him at least really serious bodily harm," she told Currie.

"Although you have not seen fit to tell the truth about what happened on the morning of 8 January 2020, it seems that after Sarah O'Brien had left the house to take her daughters to school, Keigan must have woken and disturbed you as you lay in bed looking at porn on your phone."

The trial, which lasted five weeks before this morning's verdict, heard that Currie searched on the internet for terms including "irregular breathing", "gurgling" and "unconscious" two hours before seeking medical help.

He and his girlfriend called 999 after claiming to have found Keigan not breathing in bed and did not explain how his injuries came about.

The court heard that the couple had previously called Keigan derogatory names in messages to each other, referring to him as "w***stain" and "s***head".

O'Brien started her relationship with Currie six months before Keigan's death, despite warnings against doing so, the court heard.

In October of last year, she did not seek medical help when her son suffered two black eyes while in the care of Currie, telling her friend the toddler had fallen down the stairs.

She explained to the friend she did not take him to hospital because "they will start asking questions".

Later examination found blood spatters on the wall by Keigan's high chair, not from the time he was fatally injured, and on Currie's clothes, the prosecution said.

Currie was found guilty of murder and jailed for life. He will serve a minimum of 22 years behind bars.

O'Brien was jailed for eight years.

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