Police appeal for witnesses after brutal assault on pregnant woman in Peckham

Admin (22 June, 2015)

The victim, 21-year-old Malorie Bantala remains in hospital in a stable condition

3463Malorie Bantala was attacked after refusing to give up her baby

The police are hunting a second man thought to have been involved in a brutal assault on a pregnant woman in Peckham last week.

Officers leafleted at the scene of the ‘vile attack’, which shocked the nation after 21-year-old Malorie Bantala was set upon by two men in motorbike crash helmets in Talfourd Place, Peckham.

The university graduate was 32 weeks pregnant when the two men pushed her to the ground and continually kicked and stamped on her stomach before they ran off in the direction of Denman Road.

A member of the public called police who administered first aid at the scene. After waiting 70 minutes for an ambulance, the police eventually took Ms Bantala to hospital in the back of a squad car.

Despite the best efforts of the hospital team, she tragically lost her baby. She remains in hospital in a stable condition.
One man was charged in connection with the incident and will appear at Woolwich Crown Court on July 2. Officers are now hunting the second man, believed to be in his twenties.

Investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Robert Pack, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “This was a vile attack which, tragically, resulted in a young woman losing her baby.

“We are still keen to trace anyone with information about the incident, and anyone who may have witnessed the assault, to contact us.

“A week has passed and the true horror of the incident should have sunk in. Someone is harbouring a very violent individual and that person does not deserve their protection.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8345 3985 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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