A man has appeared in court today charged with causing the death of an unborn child after an attack on a University of Bedfordshire graduate.
Malorie Bantala, 21, who was 32 weeks’ pregnant, lost her unborn child and remains in a critical condition after the assault near her home in Peckham, on Monday night.
Police said that Miss Bantala– who graduated from the University of Bedfordshire’s Luton campus last year– was pushed to the ground by two men in motorcycle helmets who kicked and stamped on her stomach.
Detective Chief Inspector Robert Pack from the Homicide and Major Crime Command said: “This was a truly abhorrent and vile attack on a heavily-pregnant woman who has now, tragically, lost her baby.”
Kevin Wilson, 20, of Stansfield House, Longfield Estate, south east London, appeared at Camberwell Green Magistrates Court accused of child destruction and grievous bodily harm with intent.
He has been remanded in custody.
Police took Miss Bantala to hospital after waiting an hour and ten minutes for an ambulance to arrive.
A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We were called at 8.16pm on 15 June to Talfourd Place, SE15.
“We are very sorry that we were unable to send an ambulance before we were cancelled by the police at 9.25pm and are now looking into the circumstances of what happened.”
The spokeswoman said the first 999 call from a member of the public was assessed to be a “lower priority call” - or a category C call.