Nathaniel Pope, 32, has been sentenced to a minimum of 24 years at Birmingham Crown Court (Picture: SWNS)

A violent drug user has been jailed for life for the ‘brutal’ murder of his partner’s son, three-year-old Kemarni Watson Darby.

Nathaniel Pope, 32, has been sentenced to a minimum of 24 years at Birmingham Crown Court.

He was found guilty of murder last month, after a trial heard how he fractured Kemarni’s ribs more than 20 times during weeks of ‘horrendous’ beatings.

The little boy died from an internal bleed after suffering injuries akin to a car crash at the hands of Pope, a convicted drug dealer.

His ribcage was fatally ‘crushed’ at the two-bedroom flat Pope shared with Kemarni’s mother, Alicia Watson, in West Bromwich on June 5, 2018.

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