A man who battered his girlfriend’s five-year-old son to death in a London park for losing a trainer has been jailed for life.
Marvyn Iheanacho, 39, attacked Alex Malcolm in Mountsfield Park, Catford, on 20 November 2016.
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.
Iheanacho, who denied murder, will serve a minimum of 18 years in prison.
The jury heard Alex suffered fatal head and stomach injuries and died in hospital two days after the beating.
His mother, Lilya Breha, told the court Iheanacho had also attacked her when he returned to her flat in Catford carrying her son.
The missing trainer was later found by police in the play area
Sentencing, Judge Mark Dennis QC said the killer has a “deeply entrenched character flaw” that leads him to overreact and lose his temper.
The judge added that due to time spent in prison while on remand, Iheanacho, of Hounslow, would serve at least 17 years and 119 days.