The police have said the circumstances appear to be non-suspicious but the investigation would continue. Mervyn Bell sentenced to life for murder and assault of month-old stepson By Joanna Menagh Fri 12 Decpm A WA man has been sentenced to life in jail with a year minimum for the sexual assault and murder of his month-old stepson.
Mervyn Bell, 27, took Charlie Mullaley from his Broome home, after seriously assaulting his mother and leaving her naked and bleeding on the street. Over the next 15 hours he tortured the child before rushing his lifeless body into a road house near Karratha almost 1, kilometres away. Charlie had injuries from his head to his feet, including broken bones, full thickness burns, internal bleeding, bruising and severe lacerations.
Ol said her son was a happy baby. Mr Mullaley said he felt that police had let his family down because he had repeatedly gone to Broome police station to try to get officers to search for Charlie while he was missing. An internal investigation is underway into the police handling of the case.
But Ms Forrester said a life sentence with feraldton substantial minimum should be imposed, describing what Bell did to the child as torture. Bell has already served almost two years in jail.
His earliest possible release date lld in The Supreme Court in Perth was told Mervyn Bell took the child from Broome and was alone with him for 15 hours before rushing his lifeless body into a roadhouse near Karratha, about 1, kilometres away. The child geralldton injuries from his head to his feet, including broken bones, burns and severe abrasions, the court was told. He ordered psychological and psychiatric reports to be prepared on Bell ahead of his sentencing.