By Christian Smith
A man who battered his girlfriend’s five-year-old boy to death in a park “simply because he lost one of his trainers,” has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
Marvyn Iheanacho, 39, of Wesley Avenue, Hounslow, was in a relationship with Lilya Breha when he attacked her son, Alex Malcolm in Mountsfield Park, Catford, last year November.
Alex died at 15:20hrs on 22 November 2016. A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as head injuries and noted large areas of bruising to his face and body, causing by being assaulted and slapped.
He had a significant brain injury and internal bruising to his stomach, caused by a kick, stamp or punch.
Witnesses heard a “child’s fearful voice saying sorry”, loud banging and a man screaming about the loss of a shoe.
The shoe was later found in the play area by police. The prosecution team said the banging noise was Iheanacho assaulting Alex.
The 39-year-old who was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court by Judge Mark Dennis QC, was found guilty and will serve a minimum term of 18 years in prison.
Detective Chief Inspector Tony Lynes, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “Iheanacho subjected that poor little boy to a brutal assault after flying into an uncontrollable rage just because Alex lost one of his shoes.
“Afterwards Iheanacho came up with various stories to try to cover his tracks, insisted his girlfriend lie for him and attacked her when she tried to get medical help for her unconscious son.
“It is no surprise the jury easily saw through his stories and while nothing can bring Alex back, I hope Iheanacho’s conviction today provides his mother and father, and their families with some comfort.”