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Devastated dad ‘found out in media’ that toddler son’s killer mum was being freed

The shattered father of a toddler killed by his mother has been left devastated after finding out she has been freed less than seven years into her sentence.

Zahid Saeed said he first found out that Rosdeep Adekoya was to walk free from jail via media reports.

Mr Saeed, from Fife, said his dead son Mikaeel Kular had been ‘failed by the justice system’ after Rosdeep Adekoya spent less than seven years of her 11-year sentence behind bars.

The 41-year-old killer was caged at Edinburgh High Court in 2014 after she beat the three-year-old to death when he was sick following a family meal in Nando’s.

Devastated Zahid said he was furious after learning evil Rosdeep had been freed from Cornton Vale prison on Saturday, the Daily Record reports.

Mikaeel Kular
Tragic three-year-old Mikaeel Kular

The 36-year-old hit out at Police Scotland, claiming he has been ‘left him in the dark’ over Adekoya’s release despite officers promising to notify him back in 2014.

He said: “The justice system has truly failed Mikaeel. I am really disappointed in Police Scotland and victim support.

“I was told in 2014 that I would be the first person to find out when she was released but instead I have just been left in the dark.

“I found out through the media. I thought it was a joke, I couldn’t believe that she was out so soon.

“How many times does the system need to fail?”

Three-year-old Mikaeel died in January 2014.

Adekoya, who has four other children, stashed his body in a suitcase before dumping it behind her sister’s house in Kirkcaldy.

The Edinburgh mum told police he had vanished from their family home and tricked thousands of local people into searching for him.

He was later found in Adekoya’s sister’s garden in Kirkcaldy, with 40 injuries on his body.

Zahid and Mikaeel
Zahid Saeed says he is disappointed

Her lies began to unravel during an interview with officers when she told them ‘it was an accident and I panicked’.

Adekoya was initially charged with murder but convicted of the lesser crime of culpable homicide in August 2014 after telling the High Court in Edinburgh she didn’t mean to kill her son.

Dad Zahid said he struggles to speak about the death of his son, but the pain of his killer’s actions still haunts him.

He said: “Any decent human being would have confessed straight away. She acted so callously, she tried to cover up his death as a mistake.

“It wasn’t a mistake. Any decent human with a conscience would have confessed at the beginning.

“No parent should have to suffer this horrific event.

Rosdeep Adekoya
Rosdeep Adekoya was given an 11-year jail term

“The justice system needs to change. Criminals like her should not be freed early.”

He said he hasn’t been given any information about her whereabouts.

“I feel really frustrated knowing she is walking the streets. I have no idea where she is and no one will tell me,” he added.

The grieving dad says he often thinks about Mikaeel’s big smile and hopes that is how he will be remembered.

He said: “It is hard to talk about but Mikaeel’s picture with that smile of his tells you everything you need to know about who he is.

“He always had that big smile on his face.”

Police Scotland declined to comment when approached by the Record.



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