Woman jailed for 11 years for beating 3yr old son to death & hiding his body in suitcase
August 25, 2014,
A judge has blasted a mother who repeatedly punched her 3-year-old son until he died in an attack that ‘simply beggars belief’. Rosdeep Adekoya, 34, has been jailed for 11 years for killing her son Mikaeel Kular, who she savagely beat then left to die for two days during a family holiday in January.
After discovering his lifeless body on the floor of their Edinburgh home in Ferry Gait Crescent, she wrapped it in a duvet cover, put it in the suitcase and drove to Kirkcaldy, Fife, to hide it in woodland.
Adekoya reported Mikaeel missing to police after stashing his body in remote woodland, sparking a major two-day search operation involving hundreds of local people and nation-wide coverage.
Now a prisoner at Cornton Vale jail near Stirling, she was initially charged with murder but last month pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of culpable homicide.
She also admitted a charge of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by pretending to police her son had gone missing.
Passing sentence, judge Lord Glennie said a custodial sentence was inevitable in such a case and referred to the Crown acceptance that Adekoya had no intention to kill Mikaeel.
But he went on: ‘Nevertheless, what you did was cruel and inexcusable.
‘Striking a child even once is bad enough. Striking him heavily and repeatedly with hand and fist when he was being sick again and again simply beggars belief.
‘Mikaeel was by all accounts a healthy, happy little boy. By your actions, however unintended, you have not only robbed Mikaeel of his young life but left a gaping hole in the lives of all who loved him.’
The judge, who heard a plea for a significant discount to the sentence from Adekoya’s defence QC, said it is not clear precisely what triggered the events leading to Mikaeel’s death.
Referring to the beatings the youngster received at the hands of his mother, Lord Glennie told Adekoya her son was in severe pain shortly before he died.
But he said she was ‘not even aware that death was a possibility until it happened’.
The judge said he accepted that Adekoya’s remorse is ‘genuine and heartfelt’.
‘You are clearly an intelligent and articulate young woman,’ he told her.
‘There is no history of violence by you towards any of your children. That makes it all the more difficult to understand your actions. I do not suppose that you really understand why you did what you did.’
The boy’s father pictured left…
Reports prepared for the case found that Adekoya suffered from depression for some time, particularly in the last few months before Mikaeel’s death, as the single mother found herself ‘overwhelmed’ by her circumstances.