London: An Indian-origin woman in Scotland was today sentenced to 11 years in jail for brutally killing her three-year-old child and hiding his body in a suitcase.
Rosdeep Adekoya was jailed by the High Court in Edinburgh for the murder of her son Mikaeel Kular at a family flat.
Wearing a black cardigan, glasses and burgundy jeans, the 34-year-old referred to in the British media as "killer mom" wept uncontrollably as judge Lord Glennie said he understood that she expressed remorse for her horrible crime.
He added: "What you did was cruel and inexcusable. Striking a child even once is bad enough. Striking him heavily and repeatedly with hand and fist when he was being sick again and again simply beggars belief.
"Mikaeel was by all accounts a healthy happy little boy. By your actions, however unintended, you have not only robbed Mikaeel of his young life but left a gaping hole in the lives of all who loved him.
"I accept that your remorse is genuine and heartfelt. You are clearly an intelligent and articulate young woman. There is no history of violence by you towards any of your children. That makes it all the more difficult to understand your actions."
Lord Glennie told Adekoya that he would have sent her to prison for 15 years if she hadn't pleaded guilty and had gone to trial.
Adekoya, mother of five children, had initially told police that Mikaeel had disappeared from her home, leading to a major two-day search.