39-year-old Marvyn Iheanacho, who reportedly flew into rage and killed his girlfriend’s 5-year-old son, Alex Malcolm, in Mountsfield park in Catford, south-east London, after he lost one of his trainers, has been arraigned in court.
Witnesses who testified in court said they heard a “child’s fearful voice saying sorry”, loud banging, and a man screaming about the loss of a shoe during a violent assault on the evening of 20 November, 2016.
It was gathered that Alex Malcolm died as a result of the fatal head and stomach injuries he sustained from the incident.
“The prosecution say that he died at the hands of this defendant, a man who was looking after him, acting as his stepfather, but who on the afternoon/early evening of November 20 last year, lost his temper and violently assaulted the boy, causing him fatal head and stomach injures,” said the prosecutor, Eleanor Laws QC.
A jury of seven men and five women heard he was in a relationship with Alex’s mother, Lilya Breha, and would often stay at her flat in Catford. One witness, Sarah Strugnell, allegedly saw Iheanacho bend down to the child and ask where his shoes were.
“The man was very angry indeed and Sarah Strugnell describes how he was raging at the child who was very quiet,” said the prosecutor.
Judge Mark Dennis QC told jurors the main issue in the case is how Alex sustained those injuries and said the trial will last between two and three weeks. The trial continues.