The child killer who beat a five-year-old boy to death in Catford because he lost his shoe was a wife-beater was not meant to have unsupervised contact with children.

Mum Liliya Breha should have been informed of killer Marvyn Iheanacho's violent criminal history by probation services when she entered a relationship with him, revealed a BBC Panorama report last night (October 25).

Iheanacho, 39, was introduced to Ms Breha by friends, but he hid from her that he had been jailed for attacking a former partner.

He went on to beat her son five-year-old Alex Malcolm to death in Mountsfield Park, Catford, in November because the child has lost a shoe.

He has now been jailed for 21 years for murder.

The Ministry of Justice has apologised to ms Breha after it was discovered the Government-run National Probation Service, who handled Iheanacho's probation, failed to act on breaches of his license conditions.

Under terms of his probation, Iheahacho was not meant to have unsupervised contact with children and the Probation Service never told Ms Breha of his violent history.

Speaking to BBC Panorama, she said: "If they did inform me about his previous convictions - 100 per cent I wouldn’t be involved with this person."

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson told News Shopper: “The serious further offence review of this case raised some very serious issues with the management of Marvyn Iheanacho.

“It has become clear that repeated breaches of his licence conditions were ignored and that information suggesting Iheanacho was in contact with a number of women with children was not acted on.

"We apologise sincerely to Alex’s mother, Liliya Breha, for the unacceptable failings that have been identified.

“As a direct result of this initial review, we have suspended two members of staff who were involved in the supervision of Iheanacho.

"Additionally, we have put in place strict procedures, both within NPS London and nationally, to help prevent a tragic case like this from happening again.”