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Men in court accused of beating woman so badly she had a miscarriage

Malorie Bantala
Malorie Bantala

Two young men accused of kicking a heavily pregnant woman causing the death of her unborn baby have appeared before the Old Bailey.

Kevin Wilson, 22, who is believed to be the child's father, and a 17-year-old boy, appeared in the dock each charged with causing grievous bodily harm to 21-year-old Malorie Bantala and child destruction.

Miss Bantala was set upon by two people wearing motorbike helmets on the morning of June 15 this year in Talfourd Place, Peckham, south-east London.

The victim, who was 32 weeks pregnant at the time, was jumped on and kicked on the ground in front of shocked passers by.

During the hearing, Judge Rebecca Poulet QC rejected an application for bail for the younger defendant after setting a plea and case management hearing for September 28.

A provisional trial date of November 30 was confirmed to take place at the Old Bailey.

Burly 6ft 4in tall Wilson, of the Longfield Estate, Bermondsey, south-east London, and the 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were remanded in custody.