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Grandfather of Mikaeel Kular slams council bosses over failures which led to death of Liam Fee

The pair were found guilty of murdering Liam Fee (PA)
Mum Rachel and step-mum Nyomi were found guilty of murdering Liam Fee (PA)

THE grandfather of murdered Mikaeel Kular has slammed the failures which led to Liam Fee’s death.

Liam died at the hands of his mum Rachel and step-mum Nyomi in March 2014, more than a year after the local authority was alerted to concerns about his care – and just three months after Mikaeel was killed by his mother.

Mikaeel’s grandad Ahmed Saeed, 62, said: “I cannot understand why children die like this after they have been brought to the attention of social workers”.

“Something has to happen to save these vulnerable children.This awful cruelty and death cannot be allowed to continue.”

Mr Saeed said his family were now linked to Liam’s family forever through shared tragic circumstances.

“I know exactly what Liam’s grandparents are going through,” he said.

Last week, a jury found Rachel Trelfa, 31, and Nyomi Fee, 29, guilty of murdering Liam.

The trial heard harrowing evidence about Liam’s death.

He was subjected to an agonising attack. The pair – who were planning a booze-filled blow-out to celebrate their last days of freedom before being sentenced – are expected to be jailed for life.

Senior bosses at Fife Council admitted in court that Liam had “dropped off the radar”.

They were first alerted to Liam’s shocking care in early 2013 but dropped the case three months later when a member of staff went off sick.

The under-fire council – who also came in for stinging criticism following Mikaeel’s death in January 2014 – has announced a serious case review of Liam’s death.

According to paperwork seen by The Sunday Post, watchdog body the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has carpeted 10 social workers for failures recently – the highest number in Scotland.

The council is also expected to explain why it placed Liam’s killers in a temporary flat overlooking a primary school.

Claude Knights, of children’s charity Kidscape, called for an investigation into why Fife Council had such a high rate of SSSC sanctions.

Around 100 locals in Dunfermline, protested outside the safe house the couple were given by Fife Council last month – just yards from Touch Primary School.

A spokeswoman for Fife Council said: “We will not comment on individual cases but in terms of numbers these may fluctuate over time and reflect the fact that Fife Council is one of the country’s largest authorities.”


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