Mervyn Kenneth Douglas Bell – DEAD

Posted: September 26, 2014 by Serendipity in Photo, Western Australia
Tags: , , , , ,


Mervyn Kenneth Douglas Bell - Photo



Bell has been found dead in a maximum security jail. 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 10-month-old stepson

By Joanna Menagh

Fri 12 Dec 2014, 8:22pm

A WA man has been sentenced to life in jail with a 27-year minimum for the sexual assault and murder of his 10-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 1,000 kilometres away.

Charlie had injuries from his head to his feet, including broken bones, full thickness burns, internal bleeding, bruising and severe lacerations.

Justice John McKechnie described Bell’s crime as “evil” and one that “shocks the public conscience”.

He said Bell’s motivation was to hurt Charlie’s mother and he took his anger out on the child.

Family given a ‘life sentence’

In victim impact statements read to the court ahead of Bell’s sentencing, Charles’s mother Tamica Mullaley said she and her family had been given a life sentence.

“I will not see Charlie boy grow up,” she said.

“I will not watch him grow up to be a wonderful man.”

Outside court, Ms Mullaley said she was happy with the sentence.

“It’s still not going to bring Charlie back, but it’s really good, you know, he may never be released,” she said.

She said her son was a happy baby.

“He was just so happy, so loving. He was so advanced for his age, and he was just a happy baby and didn’t want for nothing, and was growing and healthy and loving,” Ms Mullaley said.

Charles’s grandfather Ted Mullaley said the emotional impact of his grandson’s death was “hard to get into words”.

“My daughter is grief-stricken. I feel powerless to help her,” he said.

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.

Bell transferred after ‘attack’ in jail

The court was told Bell was transferred earlier this year to the high security special handling unit of Casuarina prison because he had been assaulted in Albany prison with a hammer and “shanks”, described as home-made knives.

Bell’s lawyer, John Myers, said the assault was “serious” and his client still suffered headaches.

Mr Myers said Bell, who spent most of the day in his cell, was also frequently confronted by other offenders, and believed “he would be killed in prison”.

Mr Myers urged the judge not to make an order that Bell never be released, telling the court “he’s not beyond saving”.

Prosecutor Amanda Forrester said the State would not press for a “never to be released” order, saying “some hope, however slight, should be left to encourage his rehabilitation”.

But Ms Forrester said a life sentence with a 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 is in 2040.

Mervyn Bell guilty of murder and sexual assault of 10-month-old baby in Western Australia’s north

Fri 26 Sep 2014, 4:20pm

A 27-year-old man has been found guilty of sexually assaulting and murdering a 10-month-old baby in Western Australia’s north.

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 1,000 kilometres away.

The child had injuries from his head to his feet, including broken bones, burns and severe abrasions, the court was told.

Justice John McKechnie told Bell he would be jailed for life when he is sentenced in December.

Justice McKechnie said it was “one of the more evil crimes that I have encountered”.

He rejected Bell’s evidence that some of the injuries were caused by the child falling out of a car or being placed on hot rocks.

Although the judge was not satisfied that Bell intended to kill the baby, he was satisfied he intended to injure the child “in such a way as to threaten his life”.

Bell had shown “callous disregard” for the child’s health and safety by failing to take him to hospital, he said.

Justice McKechnie said Bell’s motive had been to cause suffering to the child’s mother.

He ordered psychological and psychiatric reports to be prepared on Bell ahead of his sentencing.

Outside the court, the baby’s mother welcomed the verdict but said her child’s death could have been prevented.

She said police had ignored her father’s repeated pleas to search for the boy after he was taken by Bell.

“This could have been prevented if the Broome police had helped my dad in the first couple of hours to look for him,” she said.

“I’m over the moon… but it’s never going to bring back my son, nothing will bring back my son.”

Bell told court he would never have harmed the child

Bell maintained his innocence throughout the trial, saying the boy suffered the injuries in a series of accidents, including when he fell from a moving car and was put on hot rocks by a river.

He told the court: “At no point in time did I have any intention of harming the child.

“I never would have harmed that child.”

Bell said he took the child from his home in Broome because he wanted to take him to his father’s family near Geraldton.

Bell said he “never thought” to take the seriously injured child to hospital as he did not think he needed medical help.


Join us on Facebook


  1. When this coward is sentenced in December we will see if that judge sticks to his word and gives him life, And that judge understand the meaning of the word LIFE that means until dead yes dead before his dead body leaves the prison gates!!!!!!!

    • Lily says:

      He goes to court for sentencing tomorrow. the judge have someone else a good sentence last week for a crime that, although bad, was not as Bad as what Mervyn did to my little nephew. So we’re hoping the judge will give him a good sentence.

  2. Jodie says:

    Discusting hang these bastards

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s