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Friday 2 June 2023 Dublin: 11°C
Police handout Mikaeel Kular
# Scotland
Mother jailed for killing her 3-year-old
The disappearance of Mikaeel Kular in January of this year sparked a major search, and one of the biggest ever missing persons enquiries for Scottish police.

THE MOTHER OF a three-year-old Scottish boy whose disappearance sparked a massive search has been jailed for eleven years after she admitted killing him and hiding his body in a suitcase, the BBC reports.

Mikaeel Kular died two days after being beaten by 34-year-old Rosdeep Adekoya at the family’s Edinburgh flat in January of this year.

Adekoya then placed his body in a suitcase and dumped it near her sister’s house in Kirkcaldy, Fife, some 32km away.

Originally charged with the toddler’s murder, she later admitted a reduced charge of ‘culpable homicide’.

Police mugshot of Rosdeep Adekoya.

Mikaeel, who was of South Asian origin, was reported missing from his bed at his home in north Edinburgh on Thursday 15 January. His mother raised the alarm.

His disappearance led to a major search involving hundreds of members of the local community and coastguards who scoured the shoreline near his home.

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Volunteers help in the search for Mikaeel.

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Tributes left near Mikaeel’s home.

But in the early hours of the following Saturday, police revealed that the body of a young boy had been discovered in Kirkcaldy.

Adekoya , a beauty therapist, was formally arrested and charged in connection with her son’s death later that day.

Read Disappearance of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular ‘may have been criminal act’

Read Mother detained after police find body of missing toddler

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