Back on streets after just 4yrs, mother who killed Mikaeel
A MOTHER who battered her toddler son to death is enjoying regular trips away from prison despite having served less than half her sentence.
Rosdeep Adekoya repeatedly beat three-year-old Mikaeel Kular then put his body in a suitcase before dumping it in woodland.
Later she claimed the youngster had vanished from their home in Drylaw, Edinburgh, sparking a massive manhunt involving hundreds of local people before she eventually confessed to his killing.
Now it has emerged the mother of five – who was given an 11-year sentence in August 2014 – is being allowed out of prison to mingle with the public.
Bosses at HMP Cornton Vale in Stirling are said to be preparing her for release next year after serving less than half of her original sentence.
The 38-year-old – who was tried at the High Court in Edinburgh for culpable homicide rather than murder – is often seen travelling freely on public transport into the town centre.
It is understood Adekoya, a former beauty therapist, has dyed her hair and lost weight in an effort to conceal her identity.
She has recently been seen spending hours on the computer in Stirling’s Central Library in the hope of convincing parole chiefs to free her, possibly within the next 12 months.
Scottish Tory justice spokesman Liam Kerr said: ‘Many people will rightly be shocked to see Rosdeep Adekoya out in the community so soon after being put behind bars.
‘She has carried out a terrible crime yet despite not even being halfway through her sentence she’s already enjoying a taste of freedom.
‘Not only is this deeply unsettling, questions have to be asked over whether she still poses a risk to those living in the area.’
A prison source said: ‘She’s getting used to the outside – she takes it at her own pace and she decides when it happens. She just needs to say, “I’m going downtown”, and can roam about with nobody recognising her.
‘Nobody will recognise her in Stirling because that’s not where she committed that crime.’
Under the present system, Adekoya could apply for parole at the halfway point of her sentence, which means the single mother could be let out after five and a half years if she convinces the Parole Board that she poses no threat.
A Scottish Prison Service spokesman said: ‘We do not comment on individual prisoners.’
GUILTY: Rosdeep Adekoya
Mikaeel Kular, 3 VICTIM: