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Beckenham mother hopes killer of five-year-old Alex Malcolm is never released from prison

PUBLISHED: 09:37 26 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:37 26 July 2017

Lilya Breha, the mother of five-year-old Alex Malcolm who was battered to death by her ex-boyfriend Marvyn Iheanacho, during an interview at New Scotland Yard in London. Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Lilya Breha, the mother of five-year-old Alex Malcolm who was battered to death by her ex-boyfriend Marvyn Iheanacho, during an interview at New Scotland Yard in London. Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Lilya Breha spoke with reporters

Alex Malcolm was beaten to death in a park for losing a trainer.  Metropolitan Police/PA Wire.Alex Malcolm was beaten to death in a park for losing a trainer. Metropolitan Police/PA Wire.

The mother of a “perfect” five-year-old boy beaten to death by her then-boyfriend said she hopes the killer is never released from prison.

Lilya Breha’s son Alex Malcolm died after being battered in a park by Marvyn Iheanacho, who flew into a rage at the little boy for losing a trainer.

Iheanacho was jailed for life with a minimum term of 18 years for the attack against the young boy, who Judge Mark Dennis QC described as “completely defenceless” in the face of the 39-year-old’s “brute force”.

Speaking after the sentencing at Woolwich Crown Court, the Beckenham mother said she was heartbroken by what happened.

In a tearful interview she said: “He (Alex) was bubbly. He was just perfect you know, he was a really, really special little boy.

“He was shy, he was so shy, and very polite. He would always say ‘Mummy thank you’ and ‘I love you mummy’.”

Ms Breha, 30, described Iheanacho, who had six previous convictions for domestic abuse, as a “good liar” and pathetic.

Recalling how she met him through a friend after he left prison, she said he had convinced her he was innocent and a good person.

She said: “When I think about it now to be honest, I feel like it was all such a big lie and he just pretended to be a good guy pretty well.

“I think he hid this (a temper) as well pretty well, until the point he just probably snapped.”

Asked what she hoped for at the sentencing, she said: “That he never comes out again to be honest. I don’t feel that he should be out in the first place, after everything he did before.”

She said she is constantly reminded of Alex since his death, adding: “Everywhere I go, everywhere I look I see him, climbing, jumping, screaming my name. It has broken my heart.”

Looking to the future, Ms Breha told how she wants to try to give support to other parents whose children have been murdered, perhaps through charity work.

She said: “Hopefully I can be able to help somebody else not to make the same mistakes I did.”

Iheanacho was sentenced to 18 years but, due to time served on remand, the judge said he would serve at least 17 years and 119 days.

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