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Why is this not murder?


Your link doesn't work David. Don't know if its this article you mean?

What surprised me was that Alex Prentice accepted her admission to the reduced charge of culpable homicide.
However, I am imagining there is a lot we are not being told due to her not having a trial with a jury.

This female quite clearly has some serious issues going on and what upsets me most is some of this would have been visible to other people yet no one did anything to step in and help her or that poor wee boy.

Many people failed that wee lad including social services. The warnings were all there and it sickens me to think of how this poor wee man suffered and died in agony at the hands of the person who was meant to love him more than life itself. God Rest his wee soul. I hope he is at peace now.

None of those kids should have been in her care. She was not capable of looking after them and sadly now one is dead and God only knows what damage has been done with the others.
I cannot imagine her guilty plea will go down well in Corton Vale.


Her guilty plea was accepted by the Crown on the basis that she had not intended to kill her son and that the assault “fell short if the wicked recklessness required for murder”.

Social workers stopped monitoring the family of a three-year-old boy who was beaten to death by his mother just weeks before the fatal attack

She carried out Google searches using the phrases, "I find it hard to love my son", "I love all of my children except one", "Why am I so aggressive with my son" and "Get rid of bruises".

Adekoya also cut Mikaeel out of family pictures she put on social media just weeks before he died.

One of the original images shows the three-year-old staring at his mother. But in the picture she shared on her “Rosie All Good” Instagram page, he was the only sibling to be cut out.

The court heard that Mikaeel and his twin sister were taken into emergency foster care after their mother left all five children at home in Kirkcaldy, Fife, while she went clubbing in Edinburgh in July 2012.

Her three older children were taken in temporarily by their father.


The twins were handed back to her last August and Fife Council stopped monitoring the family in December 2013.


On January 12, she lost her temper with Mikaeel after he was repeatedly sick following a family outing to a nearby Nando’s restaurant.

The court heard she had considered having the twins adopted

She was also said to suffer from depression and anxiety, and her own mother, Harjinder Kular, twice called social services in May 2012 to raise concerns about the children.

Mikaeel Kular: Fife social services under pressure to justify handling of case

Politicians across all parties call for answers as it emerges local authority twice handed child back from foster care to his mother

Pressure is mounting on Fife social services to justify its handling of the Mikaeel Kular case as MSPs from across the political spectrum said the council had "serious questions" to answer.

Politicians claimed "heads must roll" if any wrongdoing was uncovered and demanded to know if anything could have been done to save his life.

The Care Inspectorate, which scrutinises care services in Scotland, cautiously welcomed a cross-agency serious case review but said it would be "carefully" monitoring the implementation of any recommendations.

The comments came on a day when it emerged Mikaeel had twice been returned to his mother by Fife social services after being placed in foster care.

Liz Smith, a Tory MSP for the Fife region, said she was concerned by the handling of the case and warned it was "absolutely imperative" to get to the bottom of what happened.

"It is obviously a hugely distressing case, particularly when it comes to a very defenceless child. The admission of this guilt today is a horrid circumstance," she told The Telegraph.

"If individuals are to be held responsible then I think heads must roll ... If there are practices that are not effective or not appropriate they have to look at that."

Graeme Pearson, Scottish Labour’s justice spokesman, said the "tragic and heart-breaking" case demanded a "full and comprehensive" review.

"Serious questions must be asked about the events leading up to Mikaeel’s death and whether anything could have been done to prevent it," he said.

Councillor Tim Brett, leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Fife Council, welcomed the review announced yesterday as "wide-ranging and thorough".

"We look forward to the findings being announced in December so that all agencies can move swiftly to learn any and all lessons from Mikaeel Kular's tragic death," Mr Brett said.

"This is what is needed to reassure people in Fife and beyond that the highest standards are being maintained in these key services."

Annette Bruton, chief executive of the Care Inspectorate, said: "If there are lessons to be learned, they must be directed at preventing future tragedy. We will be monitoring carefully any recommendations from the serious case review to ensure they are implemented."

"We expect all social work departments to work closely together to protect vulnerable children, no matter where they live. It is everybody's responsibility to make sure children are safe, and professionals must work closely together to make sure that happens."

As political reaction focused on what could have been done to save Mikael's life, neighbours near the family's Edinburgh home were angered that Rosdeep Adekoya had escaped being tried for a murder.

"I think it's murder. For her to plead guilty to manslaughter is just ridiculous," said Simone Evelyn, 29, after the court verdict. His flat overlooks Mikaeel's old home.

"It's disgusting and unforgivable. Everyone around here feels the same – we just hope that whatever Mikaeel went through, she gets in abundance.

"All I can say is I hope she rots in hell. I was one of the ones who went out looking for him and I had a bad feeling about it then. I don't know how anyone can be so heartless."


I remember as a child, hearing about a wee girl called Maria Cowell.

Social Services said in 1974 that this must never be allowed to happen again.

Timeline: a history of child protection
David Batty plots the development of child welfare policy over a century of legislation
Big Wullie

The bottom line is Social Services let this poor boy down very badly.

They are the ones that should now be investigated.

Why is this not Murder David Asks.

In my mind someone who kills their own is suffering some mental illness unless it can be shown it was done out of spite or was premeditated.

In this case there was many alarm bells that appear to have been ignored.

Mikaeel Kular: Father of tragic tot demands killer mother Rosdeep Adekoya must never be freed from jail

We need to stand as a  community as I'm sure you will all agree culpable homicide is not what this little boys mother should be charged with just cause she took a dislike to him so that's why she done what she done no way!!! please help me in signing the petition in which I intend on handing onto a legal representative please sign and pass on to others and get them to add there friends please the more we have the better the case surely we will as a community try get the justice for this little boy some how!!!

I thnk there is more to this case than she took a dislike to her son. There are mental health issues which we know little of.  I know mental health is no excuse for what she did but it is a reason

The prosecution could not prove intent for murder and accepted a deal of culpable homicide.  

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