Jury out in trial of man accused of beating five-year-old boy to death over lost shoe

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The jury in the trial of a man accused of battering a five-year-old boy to death in a south-east London park has been sent out to consider a verdict.

Marvyn Iheanacho, 39, denies causing Alex Malcolm’s fatal head and stomach injuries during a violent assault on the evening of November 20 last year.

During the trial at Woolwich Crown Court, the jury has previously been told that witnesses heard a “child’s fearful voice saying ‘sorry”‘, loud banging and a man screaming about the loss of a shoe.

Prosecutors say the banging could have been from “repeated assaults” on Alex in Mountsfield Park in Catford, south east London.

Iheanacho, from Hounslow, west London, denies murdering the child, who is the son of his then-partner, Lilya Breha.

Following the incident doctors at Lewisham Hospital tried to resuscitate Alex, but a CT scan revealed he was suffering from severe brain swelling, and he was transferred to King’s College Hospital.

On November 22, two days after the alleged attack, he was pronounced dead after an unsuccessful operation.

The jury of seven men and five women were sent out at 12.38pm on Thursday before being sent home at 3.05pm, with deliberations to continue on Friday.


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