Man who beat child to death for losing trainer found guilty of murder

21/07/2017

A man who beat his girlfriend's five-year-old son to death for losing a trainer has been found guilty of murder.

Marvyn Iheanacho, 39, [01/06/1978] from Hounslow, was convicted of murdering Alex Malcolm today (21 July) at Woolwich Crown Court after a trial.

Alex suffered fatal head and stomach injuries after being attacked in Mountsfield Park, Catford, on the evening of 20 November 2016. 

He was taken home by Iheanacho and then to hospital but died two days later after an unsuccessful brain operation.

Rob Davis, CPS London Homicide district crown prosecutor, said: "Only Marvyn Iheanacho knows how Alex was fatally wounded but it is certain his anger boiled over at some point on that evening.

"The prosecution case was that a witness heard Iheanacho swearing at a child over a shoe that had been lost in the nearby park. He was heard repeatedly and violently punching a gate.

"Later in the park another witness saw Alex lying prone on a bench. CCTV showed Iheanacho carrying Alex's body to a cab office.

"His actions that day tragically ended a young boy's life, and deprived a mother of her son.

"His efforts to cover up what really happened, first to Alex's mother by claiming Alex had simply fainted and hit his head, then by lying and repeatedly changing his story to police, show his greatest concern was for himself.

"Our thoughts go to Alex's mother and family and we hope today's conviction brings some sense of justice."

Iheanacho will be sentenced on 25 July.