Police are offering a reward of £20,000 to anyone who can provide information to help find a suspect in the assault of a heavily pregnant woman in south east London. Malorie Bantala, 21, lost her unborn baby when she was eight months pregnant after she was repeatedly kicked and stamped on by two men in Peckham on 15 June.
The two men, both wearing crash helmets, then ran away from the scene at Talfourd Place in the direction of Denman Road. One suspect, Kevin Wilson, 20, from Bermondsey, has already been charged in connection with the incident. Metropolitan Police are now offering the "substantial sum" to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the second suspect involved.
Detective Inspector David Suddick, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "Although one man has been charged, we have yet to identify the second person involved in this horrific attack. The victim has recovered physically from her ordeal but naturally remains devastated at the loss of her baby. Somewhere out there is a very violent individual and we hope the offer of this reward may encourage someone to come forward. If you have any information, please contact us."
Wilson, Bantala's former boyfriend, is to stand trial in November accused of "intent to destroy the life of a child capable of being born alive, by a wilful act, namely kicking and stamping on the stomach of the 32 weeks pregnant mother, causing the child to die before it had any existence independent of its mother" and "unlawfully and maliciously" causing grievous bodily harm to Bantala with intent.
Anyone who can help is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8345 3985 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.