‘Man stamped on pregnant girlfriend’s stomach because he didn’t want child’, court is told
A teaching assistant stamped on the stomach of his heavily pregnant ex-girlfriend to kill their unborn child which she refused to abort, a court heard yesterday.
Kevin Wilson was allegedly angry that Malorie Bantala had ignored his pleas to get rid of the baby so he recruited a teenager to help him beat the foetus to death.
Malorie, 22, was eight months pregnant when Wilson, also 22, and the youth allegedly ambushed her just yards from home in Peckham, south east London in June.
Disguised in motorcycle helmets, they deliberately targeted her stomach, leaving the shop assistant with life-threatening injuries, the Old Bailey heard.
The baby boy was delivered stillborn by emergency Caesarean section at 32 weeks.
Opening the case, prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC said: “It was a cowardly and callous attack, each male wearing a motorcycle helmet in an apparent effort to conceal his identity.
“It is the prosecution case that one of the attackers was the unborn baby’s father - Kevin Wilson. He had made it clear that he didn’t want the baby to be born and was not pleased when Miss Bantala informed others that he was the father.
“We say that he took matters into his own hands and decided that he would end the pregnancy by violence.”
When emergency services arrived, she told police that her child’s father’s was responsible, saying: “He doesn’t want the baby.”
Malorie suffered broken bones in the hand she had used to try to shield her baby from the onslaught.
A post-mortem examination found that if it had not been for the assault, there was no reason why the foetus would not have been born alive. A DNA test confirmed Wilson was the father.
He denied taking part in the attack and told police he was visiting his brother and a friend on his estate at the time.
The court heart the pair slept together in November last year after staying friends following a short period in a relationship.
The following month, she told him she was pregnant and Wilson reacted by saying he was not ready to be a father. And when told she had decided to keep the baby, he cut her off but rang back to ask: “Why are you doing this to me?”
Wilson went on to arrange a visit to an abortion clinic but became angry when she still refused to end the pregnancy, accusing her of being “selfish”, the jury was told.
Wilson called her a “jezzy”, accusing her of sleeping around, the court heard.
Wilson and a 17-year-old youth who cannot be named for legal reasons, are accused of causing grievous bodily harm to Malorie and child destruction.