Crimes against children always tug at the heart strings of the nation. In the instance of Alex Malcolm, the nation has been shocked by the particularly brutal and pointless nature of the crime. In November last year Marvyn Iheanacho battered his girlfriend’s five-year-old son for losing a trainer in Mountsfield Park, Catford.
There have been truly horrific witness accounts saying they overheard “a child’s fearful voice saying sorry” followed by a loud banging and a man screaming about the loss of said shoe. The reason the case has been ongoing for such a lengthy amount of time, is there has been considerable interference with witnesses, as Mr Iheanacho had allegedly been trying to contact the mother of Alex Malcom, Lilya Breha and convince her not to testify against him.
Thankfully this did not come to pass and she did appear in court, and a heart wrenching victim impact statement was read out in court describing Alex as a “beautiful little angel and adding that her son had given her “purpose for living” and without him her life “ended when Alex’s did”.
Marvyn Iheanacho who has preposterously denied murder, has been sentenced to a minimum of 18 years in prison. During sentencing the Judge said that Iheanacho had a “deeply entrenched character flaw that leads you to overact and lose your temper, you used your undoubted strength and simple brute force against a completely defenceless child”.