JUSTICE GOT THE EVIL BITCHES!!
They both denied the murder and neglect charges and trial was set for April 4 next year at the High Court in Livingston by judge Lady Rae.
Brian McConnachie QC, representing Rachael Fee, who is also known as Rachael Trelfa, and Mark Stewart QC, representing Nyomi Fee, both tendered not guilty pleas on their client’s behalf.
Advocate depute Alex Prentice QC, prosecuting, said: “The duration of the trial is likely to be eight weeks, though it is difficult to be precise in a case of this nature.”
The women, who are in a civil partnership, deny murdering Liam Johnson, also known as Liam Fee, by repeatedly inflicting blunt force trauma to his head and body in Thornton, Fife, on various occasions between March 15 and 22, 2014.
They also pleaded not guilty to attempting to defeat the end of justice by falsely telling a 999 operator, ambulance personnel, police and friends and family members that a seven-year-old boy was responsible for the death of Liam.
It is also alleged that on various occasions between January 2012 and March 2014 they failed to provide Liam with adequate exercise or physical and mental stimulation by leaving him in his pushchair for prolonged periods.
The charge also alleges they put a blanket over his face, taped socks to his hands and left him in a darkened room.
It is also claimed they failed to provide him with enough food and gave him medicine intended for another child and Calpol in order to keep him quiet and make him sleep.
The two women also deny harming two young boys from January 2012 to March 2014. It is alleged that the pair compelled one of the boys to stand naked under a cold shower as a punishment for wetting the bed, then pushed him and told him to stand still if his body shook.
The Crown also claim that they locked him in a cage they built using a metal fire guard and wood for prolonged periods during the day and night.
It is alleged that the couple bound the child, who cannot be named for legal reasons, to the cage with cable ties, string, the cord from a dressing gown, placed items on him and struck him if the objects fell off, poured water over him and pretended he had urinated and on occasions forced him to sit with his feet raised from the ground and refused to let him put them down.
The Crown also claims that the Fees forced the young boy to eat his own excrement, threatened to cut off his penis with a saw, put soap in his mouth, forced him to sleep in a closed drawer and failed to provide him with adequate food.
The pair are also accused of binding his arms and legs to a cot and on one occasion putting a cage filled with rats on his head. It is also alleged that they forced the boy’s hand into the mouth of Liam, who was dead, on March 22, last year, prior to the arrival of the police and paramedics.
The Fees are also accused of forcing the boy to lie in a cold bath and forcing his head underwater. The Crown claims that the pair told the second young boy that his father was dead and that they had killed him.
They are also accused of rubbing his face in underwear smeared with urine and faeces and threatening to cut off his penis and making him take cold showers for prolonged periods.
The Fees are also charged with tying the boy naked to a chair in their bedroom where they kept rats, snakes and a boa constrictor and telling him that the boa constrictor ate naughty boys and forcing him to sleep there on his own in the dark overnight.
The Crown also claims that the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was compelled to stand facing a wall for prolonged periods without moving and was slapped if he did move.
Both women deny all the charges against them. They are on bail in Tyne and Wear, England.