The infamous sadistic killer of baby Charlie Mullaley has been found dead in a Perth prison cell, apparently taking his own life. 10 months after being sentenced to 27 years jail for the 2013 murder that shocked Western Australians.
Mervyn Kenneth Douglas Bell received a life sentence for abducting, torturing and murdering baby Charlie after snatching him in the Kimberley town of Broome.
Bell had viciously assaulted baby Charlie’s mother and left her bleeding and naked in the street immediately before taking him.
The 10-month-old Aboriginal boy suffered horrific injuries, including a broken arm and leg, burns on his feet, legs and other parts of his body. He also had injuries indicating sexual assault, the court was told during the trial.
Bell was found dead inside a Casuarina Prison cell about lunchtime yesterday.
Two fellow prisoners were recently acquitted of assaulting him. During that alleged assault he had been struck hard on the back of the head.
Police sources say the fatal injuries to Bell yesterday seems self inflicted.
At a judge-only trial, Bell had denied murdering and sexually assaulting the baby.
He claimed Charlie fell out of the car. In his judgment delivered last December, Justice John McKechnie said Bell’s crime was one of the most evil he had ever encountered.
He assaulted Charlie over 15 hours, driving south.
Emergency services found the boy dead at a Pilbara roadhouse.
Bell told witnesses there that Charlie went face down in the water at a nearby swimming hole, after slipping from between his legs.
Bell was in a relationship with the child’s mother at the time he stole her baby and killed him.