Mikaeel Kular
May 7, 2010 - January 14, 2014

Mikaeel appeared to have food poisoning since he became sick after eating at a restaurant. Rosdeep Adekoya, his mother, was upset about his becoming sick and not to his advantage. Instead of trying to figure out what was wrong with her son, Rosdeep decided it was some how his own fault and she began to hit him with her fist. The third time Mikaeel vomited, this made her so angry that she dragged Mikaeel to the shower and beat him the entire time he was laying over the edge of the tub.

Rosdeep reported her son missing and it caused hundreds of people, along with Police, the Coast guard and other to organize a search of his neighborhood as well as the woods around their home, a 20 mile area was searched for two days before Mikaeel's body was found.

A search of her computer showed that Rosdeep had done searches for articles such as: "I find it hard to love my son", "I love all of my children except one", "Why am I so aggressive with my son" and "Get rid of bruises". Rosdeep Adekoya was 34 years old when she was arrested and charged with the murder of her son.

Rosdeep was said to have punched and hit her son over and over and striking his body against a hard object which caused blunt force trauma injuries, during the days of January 12 and January 14. Additionally, Rosdeep was charged with  not taking her son to the hospital for medical treatment which might have saved his life. Reports say that Rosdeep wrapped Mikaeel's body in a bedspread, put him in a suitcase and driving to a home where they used to live. When she reached the house, Rosdeep buried her son.

Advocate depute Alex Prentice was prosecuting and he said that Mikaeel suffered horribly over those few days. He was not taken to day care or to the Doctor because the bruises and other injuries would have been seen:

"He would have been in significant pain but was put to bed. The pain would have
increased significantly while Mikaeel became dangerously ill and finally dying as
a result of the injuries inflicted upon him by the accused. It was during the night that
he died, the accused discovered his body on the floor when wakening the children
in the morning"

Rosdeep took Mikaeel's twin sister to day care and then drove to the home she used to share with other family members, to bury her son:

"At that time, it appears that the accused had placed Mikaeel's body in a suitcase
and put him in the boot of her car"

Rosdeep's cell phone was tracked traveling from Edinburgh across the Forth Bridge. In court, she dabbed her eyes while the charges against her were read. First responders told about how she had seemed upset when she called to say that her son was missing. When telling the story of what happened, Rosdeep contradicted herself many times and her story changed so much that Police started to suspect something was wrong. Rosdeep told Police:

"It was an accident and I panicked. I am going to go to the jail"

When asked where her son was, she told him that he ws in the woods behind her sister's home and then she took Police to show them where she had buried the suitcase with Mikaeel's body and covered it with tree branches. As Detective Sergeant Phil Rishards open the suitcase, he found Mikaeel's body and knew that he was for sure, dead. Alex Prentice said:

"It's likely that the internal damage was inflicted during this last beating. If medical
assistance had been called for, death might not have resulted"

Mikaeel had over 40 injuries and bruises on his body which included bruises on his back, chin, cheek and trauma to his brain as well as hemorrhage in his spinal cord and injuries to his arms. Defense Lawyer, Brian McConnachie QC said that this case was a true tragedy, mostly for Mikaeel who had lost his life at such an early age adding that it was a horrible time for Mikaeel's father and other family members who were shocked by the fact that Rosdeep had caused the death of her son. Brian told the court:

"Rosdeep Adekoya is not a monster. It would appear she has been a young mother
with a number of underlying problems which the court will hear about in due course,
with five young children. It seems that there has been an accumulation of circumstances
which have caused Rosdeep Adekoya to act towards Mikaeel over a relatively short
period of time, less than 24 hours, in a manner she has never acted in the past towards
him or any of her other children. It appears from every source that this has been a brief
period when this young woman has lost her temper and behaved in a way which is
totally out of character for her"

Brain went on to tell the court that Rosdeep will have to live for the rest of her life knowing that she had killed one of her children and that her initial reaction of acting as though nothing happened was because she panicked. A psychological analysis had been ordered for Rosdeep. Mikaeel's father left the courtroom without saying a word and Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham of the Police said:

"Mikaeel's disappearance and death deeply impacted on his family. It also resonated
across the community in which he lived. During the initial stages of the inquiry, we
appealed for information about Mikaeel's whereabouts as concern for him grew. The
local community assisted us greatly in that search. What followed was an incredible
level of support and assistance to one of the biggest missing person inquiries Police
in Scotland had undertake. Sadly, our inquiries lead us to Kirkcaldy the night after he
was reported missing and the discovery of his body. I would like to take this opportunity
to sincerely thank the public for all of the help during the search efforts and the continued
support provided to Police and Mikaeel's family during the course of this investigation"

In July of 2014, Rosdeep Adekoya who was 35 years old at the time and had originally been charged with murder, plead guilty to a lesser charge of culpable homicide and attempting to defer the ends of justice. In August of 2014, Judge Lord Glennie said that Rosdeep had acted with cruel and inexcusable behavior:

"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. You are clearly an intelligent and articulated young woman. 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"

In an attempt to get a lesser sentence, Brian McConnachie told the Judge:

"There is no sentence your Lordship can impose in this case which will
be deemed sufficient by what appears to be an ill informed mob who are
no doubt at this moment waiting to express their outrage and indignation"

Brian went on to talk about how Rosdeep had suffered from depression and she had been having a hard time adjusting to being a mother after she and her husband had divorced. He said that her relationship with the father of the twins was one that was met with disapproval of her family members and that Rosdeep had not abused Mikaeel for months and months, that she had, just that one time, lost her temper.

These kinds of comments make me SO angry. The child is no less dead for whatever reasons they come up with to defend the killer of the child. Mikaeel was a human being, a child who depended on this woman for all of his needs. If she couldn't cope, she could have given him away or asked for help, instead, she chose to beat him to death.

Rosdeep has three children with her husband, Omotosao Adekunle Adekoya, sons nine year old Tarun and seven year old David along with one daughter, five year old Renuka. With Zahid Saeed, she had twins Mikaeel and Ashika who was three years old just like her twin brother.

Judge Lord Glennie sentenced Rosdeep to only 11 years in prison for the beating death of her son. Rosdeep  spoke through tears

A memorial was attended by hundreds of people who left toys, flowers and candles to honor Mikaeel. The vigil was held at Cramond Beach while another vigil was held at Pathhead Sands, a different community. It was said that the two communities which were separated by water, came together to remember this little Angel.

Thank you seems so little to do for Cat who never gets tired of making sure the children are remembered, updated and added.

This page was created on December 4, 2014

Death occurred in Scotland

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