Back on streets af­ter just 4yrs, mother who killed Mikaeel

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Bill Caven

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:

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