The Woolwich Crown Court in the United Kingdom on friday has ruled that a 39-year-old Nigerian man, Marvyn Iheanacho, will face life behind bars for beating his five-year-old stepson, Alex Malcolm, to death for losing a shoe.
Witnesses heard a “child’s fearful voice saying sorry”, loud banging and a man screaming about the loss of a shoe, Woolwich Crown Court was told.
He will be sentenced on Tuesday.
The jurors of the court was said to hear that Iheanacho had taken Alex with him to pick up DVDs from his friend’s place on November 20, 2016. On the way, the pair stopped at Mountsfield Park in Hither Green where a witness overheard that the child saying ‘sorry’ for losing his shoe before he attacked him. [AdSense-A]
Jurors were shown footage of Iheanacho carrying Alex in a “fireman’s lift” away from the park and towards a taxi rank where he asked for a cab to his girlfriend Lilya’s home.
When he arrived at the address, Iheanacho attacked his partner to stop her calling an ambulance, and shouted: “Keep your fing mouth shut.” It was learnt that Iheanacho suggested putting the schoolboy in a bath before wrapping him in a towel and assaulted. [AdSense-C]
Rob Davis, district crown prosecutor, CPS London Homicide, said: “Only Marvyn Iheanacho knows how Alex was fatally wounded but it is certain his anger boiled over at some point on that evening.
“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.”