Biological dad of ‘loveable’ toddler, 2, breaks his silence after Sheffield murder trial

The biological dad of a murdered South Yorkshire toddler said he is ‘heartbroken’ at the death of his ‘special little boy’.

Wednesday, 11th November 2020, 8:26 am

Keigan O’Brien, aged two, was killed at the hands of his mum’s new partner after he moved into the family home.

Martin Currie, 36, was found guilty of murder yesterday after a trial at Sheffield Crown Court in which jurors learned that tragic Keigan died from catastrophic head injuries.

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Composite picture of Sarah O’Brien & Martin Currie leaving Doncaster Magistrates Court under guard - SWNS

X-rays also established that the toddler had suffered multiple fractures in the weeks and months before he died.

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Currie was also found guilty of child neglect.

Keigan's mum, Sarah O’Brien, 33, was acquitted of murder but found guilty of allowing or permitting the death of a child and child neglect.

The pair, said by South Yorkshire Police not to have shown any remorse over the death of Keigan, have not yet been sentenced.

They are said to have concocted ‘a series of lies’ in an attempt to hide the truth.

After the trial, Keigan’s biological father said: “Keigan was such a special little boy. He was lovable, playful, energetic and full of fun.

“He will always have a place in our hearts and will be missed terribly. He will never be forgotten and we are truly heartbroken.”

Detective Chief Inspector James Axe, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “The only two people responsible for Keigan’s death are O’Brien and Currie, two people who should have loved and cared for him. In fact they should have been the very people, who protected little Keigan above all else.”

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