Ex-boyfriend denies kicking heavily pregnant woman, causing death of unborn child

Ex-boyfriend denies kicking heavily pregnant woman, causing death of unborn child

The ex-boyfriend of a heavily pregnant young woman has denied kicking her in the stomach in south-east London, causing the death of their unborn child.

Malorie Bantala, 21, was set upon by two people wearing motorbike helmets on the morning of June 15 in Talfourd Place, Peckham.

The victim, who was eight months pregnant at the time, was jumped on and kicked on the ground in front of shocked passers-by before the attackers made off on a black moped.

Burly 6ft 4in tall Kevin Wilson, 22, is accused of launching the ferocious assault on Ms Bantala and recruiting a 17-year-old youth, who cannot be named, to join in.

Both defendants appeared before Judge Mark Lucraft, QC, for a plea and case management hearing at the Old Bailey.

Wilson, of the Longfield Estate in Bermondsey, south London, was produced via video link from Belmarsh prison while his co-defendant sat in the dock.

They pleaded not guilty to causing Ms Bantala grievous bodily harm and to the destruction of her child.

They were remanded in custody ahead of their trial at the Old Bailey on November 30.

Rebecca Poulet QC will be the trial judge.

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