Mikaael Kular: The Exciting Possibility of A Crime
MIKAEEL Kular is missing. He’s three. His mother, Rosdeep Kular, him last at 9pm on Wednesday, at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. That was when she put him to bed. He lives there with his four siblings. He noticed he was missing at 7:15am.
His coat gloves and shoes were also gone.
Insp David Happs tells the crowd of helpers searching for the child: “It is important to us that you are supplementing the search and complementing what we are doing. The community spirit here has been fantastic. The search today is going to continue along the Silverknowes/Cramond foreshore area. Search advisers will deploy you in groups to ensure that we get a systematic and thorough search of that area done today, just so we have got confidence that has been covered.”
The charity Missing People will be showing the three-year-old’s face on big screens in public places such as railway stations.
So far only The Scotsman has led with Mikaeel, whom is neither blonde nor white:
The Mail introduces the possibility of crime:
Detectives are trying to work out how the child managed to leave the property, and will have to consider if the child was snatched or if he slipped out of his bed, put on his coat and shoes and walked out – but Police Scotland say it is ‘not impossible’ he went on his own.
Not possible, rather ‘not impossible’. The Mail is psinning, a slight shift in words to create an impression. Compare the Mail to the BBC:
Supt McAinsh was asked by reporters if it would have been possible for a three-year-old boy to have got out of his home on his own. “I have been assured that it is possible,” she said. “I would suggest also that anything’s possible. Three-year-old children are quite resilient and they have quite a great deal of strength and ability to open doors and I’m assured that Mikaeel is capable of doing that.”
The Mail ploughs on:
Frank Arthur, 72, who lives in the flat above the Kular family, said: ‘I don’t think the boy could have got out by himself. It’s a heavy door. You push a button and then it whistles so you open the door. It’s quite a lot for a three-year-old, to be pulling the door open.’
Can we create a few whispers about mum?
Miss Kular, a dance music fan, described herself on an online profile as ‘just me, myself and I …oh yeah, with a brood of five monsters, six if you count the man indoors!’ A former neighbour claimed the children may have once been left alone at home when Miss Kular’s former husband was due to pick them up for the day.
Is her music collection relevant?
Superintendent Liz McAinsh is reported on by Sky:
Superintendent McAinsh said there had been no arrests, no formal detentions, but several people were assisting officers with their inquiries.
“At this stage we’re keeping an open mind. There is no evidence to suggest criminality at this moment but clearly we are keeping an open mind. We are using all the resources at our disposal to find this boy,” she said. “We are following all lines of inquiry … the family are being very helpful. As you can imagine, the mother is distraught and she just wants help in finding her child.”
She refused to comment on reports that there was a custody issue which Sky News Scotland Correspondent James Matthews had learned about “on the basis of chat in the locality”.
The Indy hears her add:
We have spoken to his father. All of his family have been very, very helpful to the police. They continue to help us with our inquiries and obviously we are keen to get as much information as we can from them as we just never know who might hold that vital bit of information that will help us find him.”
And then this from the Times:
Mikaeel’s domestic circumstances are complex . According to his birth certificate, he was born to Rosdeep Kular, 33, a customer services assistant with a gas company. His father is not listed. Ms Kular had married Omotoso Adekunle Adekoya, 35, a taxi driver who is originally from Nigeria, in 2004. According to Ms Kular’s neighbours, the couple are separated. Just before noon, police went to a flat in nearby Waterfront Gait where Mr Adekoya is listed as a resident. A man was later seen leaving with police.
Ms McAinsh said she was unaware of any custody issues between the parents. She confirmed “several people are assisting with inquiries” including all “key members” of the family. “There have been no arrests and no formal detentions,” she added. One neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “We heard that there had been trouble in the stair in the morning. A man ran out wearing a hoody shortly before the police came.”
The Mirror says that’s not true:
Mikaeel, who is British with Asian parents, was at home with his mother and four siblings last night, police have said.
At the centre of the investigation is how a three-year-old child, small for his age, who has never gone missing before and who is described as a “friendly, playful wee boy”, apparently managed to dress himself and walk out of the flat in a block on a modern housing estate – opening heavy security and fire doors as he went.
Amanda Speirs, 27, who lives in a neighbouring block of flats, said her son thought someone had been tapping at her door about 6am, but when she checked, she saw no one there.
Neighbour, Nicky Garrick, 35, said: “He’s such a happy wee laddie. “He’s got an older brother and sister who play out front in the summer but he’s too young and stays close to his mum. He wouldn’t even cross the road without her. I was outside at 4am and it was very quiet. The police appeared at 7am. The whole street is worried for him. His mum is being comforted by the other children, cuddling them.”
As ever the locals are billed by their jobs:
Frank Arthur, 72, a retired project manager who lives above the family, said he had lived in the property for five years, and the family had been living downstairs throughout that time.
He added: “I didn’t hear anything unusual and I’m not aware of any disturbance in the night. It was the police who knocked on my door, and then we saw it on the news. “They are a quiet family. Whenever I’ve seen the family it’s just the mother and her kids. There are four children and they’re a happy little lot. I’ve seen some of the children playing in the stair but they’ve never been a bother. They’ve been here all the time I’ve lived here, which is five years.”
As for facts, Sky News can’t decide how to spell the lad’s name:
Such are the facts…