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'Vile' man who stomped his unborn baby to death loses appeal

JAILED: Kevin Wilson

THE COWARDLY father-to-be who planned and carried out a callous attack on his then pregnant ex-girlfriend has lost his appeal against his life sentence.

Teaching assistant Kevin Wilson, 23, was convicted of child destruction and causing grievous bodily harm to Malorie Bantala at the Old Bailey in December 2015.

Wilson was jailed for a minimum of 16 years for the “a cowardly, vile, callous attack", which resulted in the healthy 32-week-old boy being stillborn, and Bantala needing life-saving surgery.

At the Court of Appeal on Tuesday (Sept 27), three judges said that a life sentence was justified, but reduced the length of the minimum term by two years to 14.

Justice Spencer said it was an "unspeakably wicked act".

He added: "Here was a young man who was prepared to take the steps he did in a calculated and cold-blooded way to achieve his objective, because there was an obstacle in his way."

The horrific assault happened last year in June while the expectant mother returned home from buying decorations for her baby shower.

Bantala was ambushed by two men later revealed to be her ex-partner Wilson and accomplice, Taffari Grant.

The pair kicked and stamped on Bantala's stomach as she lay curled up on the ground, desperately trying to protect her unborn child with one hand.

Bantala who lost six pints of blood and broke two fingers, immediately told police her child's father was responsible, saying: "He doesn't want the baby."

In a statement read out in court, Bantala described how the attack had impacted on her life but emphasised that it was her son, Joel, who was the real victim.

She said: “People often refer to me as the ‘victim’ of a horrific attack, which I honestly hate. I feel like I’m the only person who feels that I’m not the victim, the real victim of this attack is my son, Joel; an innocent baby who did nothing bad to anyone. My attackers had the opportunity at a life, they’ve lived, they’ve loved, they’ve travelled, and they’ve had life-changing experiences. My son will never have that.”

The 22-year-old added: “The moment Joel died inside of me I lost everything, literally.

“So now I’m left with a suitcase full of his clothes, hand prints and footprints, and some pictures.”

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