Search

Camden Council accountant ‘murdered in frenzied knife attack by her own son’

PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 April 2014

Accountant Tolu Kalejaiye was allegedly murdered by her son in the home they shared

Accountant Tolu Kalejaiye was allegedly murdered by her son in the home they shared

Archant

An accountant with Camden Council was allegedly murdered in a “meticulously” planned killing by her son, a court heard.

The last moments of Tolu Kalejaiye’s life were recorded on a friend’s mobile phone, and the chilling four minute voicemail visibly upset jurors as it was played at Chelmsford Crown Court this week.

As the mother’s high-pitched screams and cries rang out across the hushed court room, the seven women and five men on the jury looked distressed.

The 44-year-old’s son, Emmanuel Kalejaiye, 21, denies murder but admits manslaughter.

Mrs Kalejaiye was stabbed more than 40 times on September 26 at the modern detached home that she shared with her son in Wethersfield Way, Wickford, Essex, as she left to go to work. She had been an agency employee at Camden Council for six months.

She suffered more than 40 cuts and stab wounds to her head, face, neck and upper limbs. Two main arteries were severed in the left side of her neck and she died quickly from a massive amount of blood loss.

During the attack in their kitchen, it is alleged Mrs Kalejaiye, unknown to her son, managed to ring her friend Leo Shogunle.

The court heard that Mr Shogunle was asleep but the pair’s phones stayed connected and he later heard the recording.

He arrived at her house and found her body.

Prosecutor Andrew Jackson claimed her son had “meticulously” planned to kill her, buying knives, rubber gloves, and women’s pink jogging bottoms and a pink hooded top from Primark.

He said Kalejaiye wore the woman’s outfit and high heels to masquerade as his mother as he moved her silver Mercedes car in a bid to deceive neighbours that his mother had left for work.

But he had allegedly already covered floors in the house and garage with cardboard and bin liners.

Kalejaiye told police after his arrest he had been subjected to a lifetime of mental and physical abuse by his mother, and that she brainwashed him. He later claimed unknown masked men forced him to stab his mother.

Mrs Kalejaiye, originally from Nigeria, raised her sons as a single parent after her marriage ended in 2003.

The trial continues.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

17:20

A Belsize Park tennis club says it fears its days are numbered as it believes Camden Council has earmarked the site for housing development.

13:31

Orthodox rabbis in St John’s Wood and Golder’s Green have called on their congregations to boycott Hampstead Jewish cultural centre JW3 in protest at the cultural centre’s promotion of ‘lifestyles and behaviours forbidden by the Torah’.

12:53

Police are appealing for help to find a missing Camden teen.

Friday, July 21, 2017

A devoted remain MP was quizzed this week by a young Brexiteer during a politics summer school.

Friday, July 21, 2017

In this week’s Ham&High we spoke to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels actor Vas Blackwood told us about his life, loves and respect for former Labour leader Michael Foot.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Plans to part-privatise council homes and business in a multimillion-pound deal were reapproved within 40 minutes last night amid cries of “shame” from the public.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A serial-fraudster will spend four years behind bars following a scam in which he posed as a jet-setting businessman dealing in fine wine and champagne.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Chalk Farm tube station will be closed this weekend as work begins on replacing the station’s two lifts.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Navigating divorce or separation when there are children involved can be emotionally difficult and confusing for everyone involved. Here, Jessica Palmer of Streathers Solicitors in Hampstead, offers answers to commonly asked questions

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now