‘Raging’ murderer Marvyn Iheanacho who beat five-year-old boy to death over losing his shoe sentenced to life in prison

PUBLISHED: 10:42 25 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:42 25 July 2017

Marvyn Iheanacho

Marvyn Iheanacho


The 39-year-old killed the child last year

Police recovered Alex's lost shoePolice recovered Alex's lost shoe

A violent murderer who beat his Beckenham girlfriend’s five-year-old son to death over losing one of his trainers has been sentenced to life in prison, today.

Marvyn Iheanacho, 39, of Wesley Avenue, Hounslow, told a number of lies to try and cover up for the brutal attack in Mountsfield Park, Catford last year.

He was sentenced, on July 25, at Woolwich Crown Court and will serve a minimum term of 18 years.

During his trial the court heard Iheanacho had spent November 20 with his girlfriend, Liliya Breha, and her son, Alex Malcolm, when he went out to visit a friend and pick up a DVD with the youngster.

Just before 6pm, a witness saw the killer “raging” at Alex in the park after realising the boy had lost his shoe.

She then heard repeated booming noises and saw the gate vigorously moving as if it was being punched by someone.

Minutes later another witness saw the boy lying on his back and Iheanacho on the phone to Ms Breha, refusing to put Alex on the phone.

Iheanacho then picked up Alex and walked to a mini cab office on Rushey Green.

A Met Police spokesperson said: “Despite Alex clearly needing urgent medical attention, Iheanacho did not take him to Lewisham Hospital which was a five-minute walk from the mini cab office.”

Arriving home, Iheanacho told Ms Breha Alex, who was unconscious, had hit his head and fallen asleep and the slap marks on his face were from trying to wake him up.

He refused to let her call an ambulance, and attacked Ms Breha when she began to scream.

The mother managed to call an ambulance just before 8.45pm, more than two hours after the attack.

Iheanacho then lied to paramedics and police, claiming he heard Alex fall and was his girlfriend at the time, but evidence from the mini-cab proved otherwise.

Police later found the lost trainer in the park’s play area, while a diary labelled “mistakes” was found containing admissions from Iheanacho that he had previously beaten Alex.

Alex died at 3.20pm on November 22.

Ms Breha made the following tribute: “Alex was so small but he was my strength and my purpose for living. The hardest thing I have ever had to hear, was that my child died. I remember it like it was yesterday. Lying next to him in a hospital and praying that everything would be fine, that he will open his eyes. I didn’t even get to tell him I love him. All I got was to put my hand on his chest and feel every single one of his final heartbeats.”

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