A five-year-old boy was battered to death in a park by his mother's boyfriend who flew into a rage after the child lost one of his trainers, a court heard.Marvyn Iheanacho, 39, is accused of causing Alex Malcolm fatal head and stomach injuries during a violent assault on the evening of 20 November last year.With the use of modern technology, people can date via telephone or computer or meet in person.
"The prosecution say that he died at the hands of this defendant, a man who was looking after him, acting as his stepfather, but who on the afternoon/early evening of November 20 last year, lost his temper and violently assaulted the boy, causing him fatal head and stomach injures," said prosecutor Eleanor Laws QC "The defendant is a man who has ever since, we say, done his best to avoid being held accountable for those injuries." A jury of seven men and five women heard he was in a relationship with Alex's mother Lilya Breha and would often stay at her flat in Catford.
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The BBC radio DJ became anxious when Billy's phone kept ringing out almost a fortnight ago - so raised the alarm to a friend, who then found him dead at his flat in Putney.
A source told The Sunday Mirror: 'Zoe had been trying to contact Billy.