Essex

Emmanual Kalejaiye guilty of killing mother in Wickford

  • 16 April 2014
  • From the section Essex
Emmanual Kalejaiye
Emmanual Kalejaiye, a student of biochemistry at the University of Essex, had denied murder

A student who claimed a gang of five men forced him to stab his mother has been found guilty of killing her.

Tolu Kalejaiye, 44, of Wethersfield Way, Wickford, Essex, was stabbed at her home in September last year.

Emmanual Kalejaiye, 21, of the same address, denied murder.

A jury at Chelmsford Crown Court found him guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility after hearing he was diagnosed with depression and paranoid schizophrenia.

Kalejaiye, a student of biochemistry at the University of Essex, had told the court intruders came into his home, put a bag over his head and a knife in his hand.

Tolu Kalejaiye was found with stab wounds to the neck

He said he was paranoid about the police and the government and he did what the men told him to do to protect his family.

'Self-driven person'

He said that after forcing him to kill is mother, the men made him get into his mother's car and drive around wearing a pink tracksuit.

The prosecution told the court he was wearing the tracksuit to make himself look like her.

Ms Kalejaiye was found with stab wounds to the neck and her son was arrested a short time later, Essex Police said after the case.

Det Ch Insp Lucy Morris, said: "Tolu Kalejaiye wanted the very best for her two sons.

"She worked tirelessly as a single mother to provide for them and support them in their studies.

"She was a strict mother, but only through her desire to see them succeed."

Emmanual Kalejaiye was arrested close to the house soon after his mother's body was found

In a statement, her family, said: "Our Tolu was a kind, generous, hardworking, focused and self-driven person.

"She was religious and diligent in her work.

"She was a giver and a compassionate person. We will miss her dearly."

Sentencing was adjourned and is due to take place in six weeks.

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