In January, Rosdeep Adekoya beat her 3-year-old son to death and then buried his body in the woods. Now, the citizens of Edinburgh are upset because Adekoya was not tried for murder. Instead, she was tried for culpable homicide and will likely spend only seven years in prison.
Rosdeep Adekoya beat three-year-old Mikaeel Kular for being sick and left him to die in agony before hiding his body in a suitcase and dumping it in woods. She then told police the boy had wandered off, sparking a huge manhunt before she eventually led police to the body.
Mikaeel’s father Zahid Saeed told the Daily Mail: ‘Her actions were despicable and she is wicked.’ But Adekoya, 34, avoided a murder trial and the possibility of a life sentence of up to 35 years after a court accepted her guilty plea to the lesser charge of culpable homicide.
The 11-year sentence means the party-mad single mother – who had frequently left her children alone to go to nightclubs and take cocaine – could be out within seven years.
It provoked a furious reaction from her neighbors, many of whom had helped scour the streets in the hope of finding Mikaeel alive after she said he had disappeared in Edinburgh last January.
Some local people claimed the decision to avoid a murder trial had been taken to protect the police and social services, whose failings were never heard in court as a result.
Social services have been widely criticized for failing Mikaeel after it emerged he was twice taken into care by social workers, but on both occasions was handed back to his neglectful and abusive mother.
She lost her temper when he was repeatedly sick following a trip to a Nando’s restaurant in Edinburgh. She smacked him and struck him on the body and head with her fist, the court heard.
When Mikaeel was sick for a third time, she dragged him to the shower by his arms and beat him heavily on his back as he lay over the bath edge. Over the next few days Mikaeel’s condition worsened and he was kept off nursery. He was assaulted again on the Monday after being sick and became listless.
On the Wednesday morning she found his body on the floor and instead of calling 999, took his twin sister to nursery before taking his body in a suitcase in the boot of her car to Kirkcaldy, 25 miles away. She hid Mikaeel’s body in the woods and then fabricated a story suggesting he had been abducted.
Her claims sparked a huge two-day search in freezing weather. But following inconsistencies in her account of events she eventually led police to the woods.
Mikaeel had more than 40 separate injuries to his body.
While this tragedy is unnerving, this isn’t the first case of infanticide in the United Kingdom. During the 19th century, there were more Scottish mothers convicted of killing their children, than there were people convicted of murder. This was because infanticide was used as a form of birth control, much like abortion is used today. Many proponents of abortion-on-demand claim that their goal is to make abortion “rare,” however, their support of abortion for any reason promotes a culture that uses abortion as birth control.
For example, in 2008, a study in the United Kingdom showed that more teenagers are having multiple abortions, with some girls having four or more abortions by the time they reach 18. In fact, nearly 1,500 of the 19,000 girls who had abortions in the U.K. had an abortion in the past. Also, according to the Guttmacher Institute, about half of U.S. women having an abortion have had one previously.
This is damaging to women because repeated abortions are linked to preterm birth, low birthrates, and an increased risk of death. As LifeNews previously reported, a single abortion increases the risk of maternal death by 45 percent but each additional abortion is associated with an even higher death rate. Dr. David Reardon, director of the Elliot Institute, found that women who had two abortions were 114 percent more likely to die, and women who’ve had three or more abortions had a 192 percent increased risk of death.