Lover of boy’s mum is caged

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By COLIN HURST news@sun­

A MAN who bat­tered a five-year-old boy to death in a park for los­ing a TRAINER has been jailed for life – with a min­i­mum term of 18 years.

Marvyn Iheana­cho, 39, flew into a rage and sub­jected his girl­friend’s son, Alex Mal­colm, to a bru­tal at­tack in Mounts­field Park in Cat­ford, south-east Lon­don.

Pass­ing sen­tence at Wool­wich Crown Court, Judge Mark Den­nis QC said the child killer has a “deeply en­trenched char­ac­ter flaw” that leads him to over­re­act and lose his tem­per.


Wit­nesses heard a child’s fear­ful voice say­ing “sorry”, loud bang­ing and a man scream­ing about the loss of a shoe. Alex suf­fered fa­tal head and stom­ach in­juries and died in hos­pi­tal two days later.

One of his train­ers was later found in the play area by po­lice.

Iheana­cho, who was in a re­la­tion­ship with Alex’s mother, Lilya Breha, had a “wholly and un­nec­es­sary loss of tem­per”, Judge Den­nis said.

He did noth­ing to raise the alarm or get med­i­cal help and the judge said it is ap­par­ent that he has a “deeply en­trenched char­ac­ter flaw”, adding: “One that leads you to over­re­act and lose your tem­per.”

The judge said there has been a “dis­turb­ing pat­tern of sud­den and vi­o­lent be­hav­iour” when Iheana­cho is frus­trated and not get­ting his own way.

Iheana­cho, from Houn­slow, west Lon­don, has a string of pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for vi­o­lent of­fences, in­clud­ing at­tacks on ex-part­ners and rob­bery.

Alex’s head, neck and body were cov­ered with bruises af­ter the at­tack on Novem­ber 20 last year.

Iheana­cho car­ried the un­con­scious boy to a mini­cab of­fice and took him to Ms Breha’s flat, even though the near­est hos­pi­tal was a five-minute walk away.

He then at­tacked Ms Breha as she tried to call an am­bu­lance af­ter notic­ing her son was get­ting cold, his face had turned blue and he had stopped breath­ing.

Doc­tors at Lewisham Hos­pi­tal tried to re­sus­ci­tate Alex, but a CT scan showed he was suf­fer­ing from se­vere brain swelling.


He was trans­ferred to King’s Col­lege Hos­pi­tal but was pro­nounced dead on Novem­ber 22 af­ter an un­suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tion.

The trial heard that Iheana­cho had phoned Ms Breha from prison to pres­sure her to back him up in court.

A vic­tim im­pact state­ment from Ms Breha, read out in court, said of Alex: “He was a beau­ti­ful lit­tle an­gel. He was the first per­son that I truly loved and he loved me.”

Ms Breha said Alex was her “pur­pose for liv­ing”.

And she added: “Re­ally, my life ended when Alex’s did.”

VIC­TIM: Alex’s head, neck and body were cov­ered in bruises BRU­TAL: Iheana­cho and (main pic) the shoe in the park af­ter it was found later LOV­ING: Mum de­scribed Alex as ‘lit­tle an­gel’

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