Boy, 5, ‘beaten to death’ by his stepfather after losing his shoe, court told

A COURT has heard shocking details of how a five-year-old boy was allegedly bashed to death by his stepfather in a London park after losing one of his shoes.

Marvyn Iheanacho, 39, is standing trial at Woolwich Crown Court, charged with murdering his partner’s five-year-old son Alex Malcolm in a fit of rage at a park in Catford, south east London on November 20 last year.

Prosecutors allege Iheanacho repeatedly assaulted the boy, leaving him with fatal head and stomach injuries, after the child couldn’t find one of his shoes in the park.


CCTV footage captured Iheanacho taking Alex to the park around 5.12pm, catching three different buses on the way.

Prosecutor Eleanor Laws QC told jurors how witnesses heard “loud banging” and a man “raging” about the loss of a shoe at the same time a child could be heard repeatedly apologising in a “fearful voice”.

“It is the prosecution case that this banging could well have been in fact banging from repeated assaults upon Alex,” Ms Laws told the court.

“At some point, whether during this confrontation or between this confrontation and the next sighting of the defendant by dog-walkers, soon after, back in the park, the boy had received extreme injuries.”

The trial continues.

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