The mother of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular appeared in court earlier this week charged with the murder of her son.
Rosdeep Kular, charged under her married name Adekoya, went before Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday 20th January where she was also charged with trying to defeat the ends of justice during a brief private hearing.
Kular made no declaration or plea and was remanded in custody following the hearing. She will appear in front of the court once again on Tuesday 28th January.
As is common for first appearances in Scotland, the appearance was closed to both the press and the public.
Kular’s youngest son, Mikaeel, was reported missing by his mother last week, sparking a huge search for the toddler who was initially believed to have just got up and walked out of his home during the night.
Yet, after almost two days of searching, the body of the young boy was found more than 30 miles away from the family home in Drylaw, Edinburgh, buried behind Rosdeep’s sister’s home.
Assistant Chief Con-stable Malcolm Graham confirmed the news at a 1am press briefing saying: “The investigation into the disappearance of Mikaeel Kular has been wide-ranging and fast moving.
“As a result of inquiries the body of a young child was recovered in Fife just before midnight.
“We strongly believe this to be the body of Mikaeel.
“A person has been detained in connection with the recovery of the body and members of Mikaeel’s family have been informed.
“Our thoughts and sympathies are with them at this time.”
Hundreds of volunteers had helped search the area surrounding the Kular family home upon the report whilst more recently, soft toys, candles and floral tributes have all been placed outside the house following the incident.
Later in the week, pictures emerged of Kular on a dating website, posing with her son of whom she is accused of killing.
Writing about her children, she told potential suitors: “I’m a single mother of five beautiful monsters, so if you’re not keen on kids I suggest you ‘move on’.
Police have questioned two men and released them on bail following allegations of racist remarks on micro-blogging site Twitter during the search for three-year-old Mikaeel Kular.
The two men, 19 and 26, who have not been named, were held over ‘making offences of a racial nature’.
They were first reported to Edinburgh Police during the search for the missing toddler, before officers in Scotland then worked alongside Hampshire Constabulary and Derbyshire Constabulary to identify the accused.
Chief Supt Mark Williams, Police Scotland Edinburgh Divisional Commander, said: “Any reports of racist, offensive and abusive comments made online will be thoroughly investigated and those responsible will be brought to justice.
“If you commit an offence we will investigate it and you will be prosecuted.”
Meanwhile, Derbyshire Police added: “Officers arrested the 26-year-old Heanor man this morning on suspicion of committing a racially aggravated public order offence.
“Members of the public in Edinburgh had complained about the content of some Twitter messages linked to the disappearance of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular.
“The man was questioned and released on police bail while the Crown Prosecution Service considers the case.”