Mikaeel killer mum should be freed early from jail

Grandad calls for early release of Rosdeep Adekoya
Grandad calls for early release of Rosdeep Adekoya
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THE mum who battered her three-year-old son to death and hid his body in a suitcase should be freed early from prison, says the boy’s grandfather – so she can look after her other children.

Ahmed Saeed, 63, said he did not support a current campaign calling for Rosdeep Adekoya to face murder charges.

He says her conviction for culpable homicide is adequate.

More than 5,000 people have signed a “Justice for Mikaeel” petition protesting at the failure of prosecutors to pursue a murder charge against her.

It was launched after Adekoya, 34, admitted causing the death of three-year-old Mikaeel by punching him dozens of times at their home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh.

She is due to be sentenced today after her guilty plea to the reduced charge of culpable homicide was accepted by the Crown.

Ahmed, from Kirkcaldy, said his home and shop were searched by police during their search for Mikaeel. At the time, he didn’t realise the youngster they were looking for was his grandson.

Despite Adekoya’s shocking crime, Ahmed said he doesn’t hate her.

He said: “I’ve never met her so I don’t hold any anger towards her. I feel sorry for her.”

His stance is at direct odds with son Zahid who believes Adekoya should “stay in jail until she dies”.