Man guilty of killing his unborn baby after brutal attack on pregnant ex-girlfriend

Kevin Wilson and an accomplice targeted the woman's stomach when she was eight months pregnant

Man guilty of killing his unborn baby after brutal attack on pregnant ex-girlfriend

File court artist sketch of Kevin Wilson (right) who has been found guilty at the Old Bailey of killing Wilson's unborn baby in a savage attack on his ex-girlfriend Image: Elizabeth Cook / PA Wire/Press Association Images

A man in Britain has been found guilty of killing his unborn baby during a savage attack on his heavily pregnant ex-girlfriend.

Kevin Wilson, 22, is facing life behind bars after kicking and stamping Malorie Bantala in June after she refused to have an abortion. 

In a victim impact statement, Ms Bantala said the "real victim" was not her, but her son Joel - who was delivered stillborn after the assault.

"Joel never got to meet me properly, will never know how much I love him ...The moment Joel was taken from me I lost everything," she said.

Ms Bantala, who was eight months pregnant, was returning home from a shopping trip for her baby shower when Wilson and a 17-year-old accomplice sprung on her outside her flat in Peckham, London.

Disguised in crash helmets, they targeted Ms Bantala's stomach as she lay curled up on the ground.

Describing the attack during the trial, she said: "Kevin proceeded to kick my stomach, probably three or four times and then he stamped on my stomach twice.

"By then I had screamed 'Kevin' for him to stop but he continued to kick my stomach. They were harsh kicks."

She told the jury: "My instincts were to put my right hand on my stomach. I broke two fingers because I was trying to protect my son."

Miss Bantala said she had nearly lost her womb as a result of the attack and she had been forced to "relive the worst day of my life" during the case.

The attackers were seen on CCTV leaving the scene on the youth's scooter, driving through a red light as they returned to the estate where Wilson lived in Bermondsey.

Wilson, a teaching assistant, and the teenager were found guilty at the Old Bailey of child destruction and causing grievous bodily harm to Ms Bantala.

They had both denied taking part in the attack, with Wilson claiming he had been working at a school for children with behavioural problems all day and the youth telling police he had been at his grandmother's house and did not even know the other defendant.

Judge Mark Lucraft QC adjourned sentencing to a date to be fixed in February. The maximum sentence for the unusual offence of child destruction is life.