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May 31st (Day 33)

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May 30th (Day 32)

Liam Fee murder trial: Ill juror leads to verdict delay 

The Liam Fee murder trial has been adjourned after one of the 14 remaining jurors complained of feeling unwell.
The eight women and six men retired on Friday to begin considering the charges against the child’s mother Rachel Fee and her partner Nyomi Fee.
Both women deny murdering Rachel’s two-year-old son in a house near Glenrothes, Fife, on 22 March 2014 and blaming his death on another child.
The jury is due to resume its deliberations on Tuesday.
The trial has been running for seven weeks.
Jurors returned to the High Court in Livingston on Monday after they were sent home on Friday afternoon when the case was adjourned over the weekend.
The judge, Lord Burns, has told them to consider the evidence dispassionately and without speculation.
Rachel, 31, and her civil partner Nyomi Fee, 29, who are both originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear, deny all the charges against them. Source BBCNEWS

May 27th (Day 31)

Accused: Rachel and Nyomi Fee are on trial over the death of toddler Liam.
Accused: Rachel and Nyomi Fee are on trial over the death of toddler Liam
Jurors in the Liam Fee murder trial have been sent home after their first day of deliberations.
On Friday, the jury was charged with determining their verdict in the case of Rachel Fee or Trelfa and her partner Nyomi Fee, who are accused of fatally assaulting the toddler at a house in Fife.
The case will resume at the High Court in Livingston on Monday when jurors will continue their deliberations.
Trelfa, 31, and 29-year-old Fee claim another boy, who cannot be identified, was responsible for Liam’s injuries.
Lord Burns previously told the jury to put any sympathy or prejudice aside as they consider their verdict in the “highly emotional” case.
He said members of the jury “would be made out of granite” if they had not been moved by some of the evidence but he added: “You must act impartially and dispassionately.” 
On Friday, he summed up the position of both defence QCs, including their claims the Crown has not demonstrated that the women had a common plan and the suggestion there is no direct evidence against either accused of any assault against Liam.
Lord Burns said the defence had criticised the evidence-gathering process involving two young boys linked to the case. 
One lawyer had described the prosecution case as one of “smoke and mirrors”, the judge said.
Lord Burns said the defence also pointed to evidence which suggested that Liam was in general well cared for and provided for.
He told the jurors they could return verdicts of guilty, not guilty or not proven to the charges – the latter two being verdicts of acquittal.
 He said they were under no pressure and could take as long as they needed to reach their verdicts.
After speaking for about half an hour, the judge told the 14-strong panel: “I now formally invite you to begin your deliberations.”
The women are accused of eight charges in total. Both accused, originally of Ryton, Tyne and Wear, deny murdering Liam on March 22, 2014.
They also deny attempting to defeat the ends of justice by falsely incriminating another boy for Liam’s death. 
They further deny a catalogue of allegations of harming and neglecting two young boys, including the one they blame, over more than two years. source STVNEWS


Rachel and Nyomi Fee deny murdering Liam
  Liam’s mother Rachel and her partner Nyomi Fee deny murdering the boy
The mother of Liam Fee neglected him but there was no evidence she assaulted or killed him, a jury been told.
In his closing speech, Rachel Fee’s lawyer Brian McConnachie said there was evidence another boy killed Liam.
He said the jury must put aside any preconceptions and prejudices they might have and look dispassionately at the evidence in this harrowing case.
Rachel and Nyomi Fee deny murdering Liam near Glenrothes in March 2014 and blaming his death on another child.
The women, who are both originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear, deny all the charges against them.
Mr McConnachie QC said: “As far as Rachel Fee is concerned, there is no direct evidence against her that she assaulted Liam.”
‘No motive’
Mr McConnachie said that she had “no motive” for attacking her son and was guilty only of the “unforgivable crime” of failing to seek medical aid for Liam for a suspected broken leg in the days before his death.
He said: “By failing to get medical help, his mother Rachel Fee committed an unforgivable crime and in due course she will be rightly and justly punished for that.
“That does not make her a murderer.
“Tragedy is an overused word in this court but the death of Liam Fee is a real, genuine tragedy.”
He told the jury: “Do not compound that tragedy by convicting Rachel Fee of the murder of her son when there’s not a shred of evidence to support that contention.
“The crown case is one of illusion, of smoke and mirrors.”
The trial at the High Court in Livingston continues.  BBCNEWS

May 25th (Day 29)

Liam Fee murder trial: Lawyer urges court to Condemn NOT Convict two women accused of toddler’s killing
21:42 25 MAY 2016
LIAM’S mum Rachel Fee and her partner Nyomi deny murder and today Martin Stewart QC said prosecutors had not proved beyond doubt his client, Nyomi, had killed the toddler.
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Rachael Fee and her civil partner Nyomi Fee (right) leave Livingston Court
Last week, the Fees both said they regretted not getting Liam medical help when they suspected he suffered a broken leg in the days before his death.
Read more: Liam Fee murder trial: Rachel Fee admits she failed to help her son on day he died and went to look after her horse instead
Stewart described their inaction as a “catastrophic mistake and a catastrophic failure of care”.
He said: “The fact that Nyomi Fee accepts that she made a terrible, terrible mistake in respect of Liam Fee does not automatically mean that she is someone who should be condemned as guilty of other aspects.
“In this case I don’t suggest for one minute that you should sympathise with Nyomi Fee, not for one minute.
“Evidence which the Crown hope they might have, wish they might have, suggest they might have, is actually missing and it cannot be replaced by conjecture.”
Stewart also pointed to the “unpalatable truth” that another young boy in the Fees’ care was
responsible for Liam’s death.
He told court: “He was the one, and only him, who was responsible for harming Liam Fee that day.”
The couple, both of Ryton, Tyne and Wear, also deny assaulting, neglecting and abusing Liam and two other children in their care over a two-year period at the flat they shared in Thornton, near Glenrothes.
Rachel Fee’s lawyer Brian McConnachie QC is expected to deliver his closing speech today. Source DailyRecord

One of the women accused of murdering toddler Liam Fee accepted she made a “terrible, terrible mistake” by neglecting him, her lawyer told a jury.
Mark Stewart QC said Nyomi Fee accepted she made mistakes in her treatment of Liam but that did not make her guilty of murder and said there was no evidence she ever injured the child.
He said another child had been assaulting Liam before he died.
Nyomi and Rachel Fee deny murdering the toddler in March 2014 near Glenrothes.
They also face charges they neglected the two-year-old and abused two other children.
The pair blame one of the other children in their care for killing Liam.
The women, who are both originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear, deny all the charges against them.
‘Clouded judgement’
In his closing speech, the defence QC for Nyomi Fee said: “It’s common sense that in society people take a view of the care of children and on those who are accused of maltreating children.
“These views are not to cloud your judgment. There’s not one piece of evidence offered to you that Nyomi Fee ever inflicted injury on Liam Fee at all.”
Mr Stewart added: “The fact that Nyomi Fee accepts that she made a terrible, terrible mistake in respect of Liam Fee does not automatically mean that she is someone who should be condemned as guilty of other aspects.
“In this case I don’t suggest for one minute that you should sympathise with Nyomi fee, not for one minute.
“Evidence which the Crown hope they might have, wish they might have, suggest they might have, is actually missing and it cannot be replaced by conjecture and assumption. I intend to put before you facts.”
The trial at the High Court in Livingston continues.Source BBCNEWS

May 24th (Day 28)

Liam Fee murder trial: Liam accused showed ‘heartless cruelty’ 24 May 2016
Evidence of untreated injuries found on Liam Fee’s body showed a “callous indifference” to the toddler’s suffering, a jury has heard.
Rachel and Nyomi Fee deny murdering two-year-old Liam in March 2014 and abusing two other boys.
In his closing speech, advocate depute Alex Prentice, said the pair had shown “an unyielding, heartless cruelty” towards Liam.
He urged the jury to find them guilty of all of the charges against them.
Mr Prentice said the extent of the injuries and the lack of medical assistance should assist the jury in working out the mental attitude of Rachel and Nyomi Fee towards the youngster.
He also said the two accused acted together with a “common criminal purpose” and described it as a “circumstantial case”.
Mr Prentice told the jury it was a “harrowing case” and said they would need to be made of “granite” not to be moved by what had been heard. But he said sympathy should play no part in their judgement.
Mr Prentice told the jury of nine women and six men the most obvious thing for an adult to do would be to tell a doctor, nurse or hospital the real reason for injuries suffered by a child.He said: “The conduct I say is set out on the evidence in the charges suggest a course of violence and cruelty towards the children.”That’s capable of providing you with evidence in relation to the murder charge.
“I ask you to find both the accused guilty of everything that’s on this indictment. You’re entitled to do that.
“There’s sufficient evidence led in this case to justify the charges as they stand. The evidence is there in support of all that is on the indictment.”
‘Compelling case’
He added: “You can look at the awkward and very deliberate lies and explanations that were put forward.
“The most obvious thing would be to tell a doctor or a health visitor or a hospital immediately. If it’s sexualised behaviour, that indicates a problem that has to be addressed.
“No, they hide it. They never tell anyone. They never mention it until the night Liam dies.
“In this case I suggest there’s a clear and compelling case of the boys being ill-treated in a way that is completely unacceptable.”
Nyomi Fee, 29, and Rachel Fee, 31, deny killing the toddler at a house near Glenrothes in Fife on 22 March 2014, by repeatedly inflicting “blunt force trauma” to his head and body.
They also face charges they neglected Liam and abused two other children.
The pair blame one of the other children in their care for killing Liam.
The women, who are both originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear, deny all the charges against them. source BBCNEWS

May 20th (Day 27)

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Liam Fee murder trial: Rachel Fee admits she failed to help her son on day he died and went to look after her horse instead

THE 31-year-old tells court that if she had taken tragic Liam to hospital for treatment for a broken leg he would still be alive today.
Rachel and Nyomi Fee arrive at the High Court in Livingston
Rachel Fee, left, and Nyomi Fee arrive at the High Court in Livingston A MOTHER accused of murdering her two-year-old admitted her conduct had a part to play in his death as she “should have got him help”.

Rachel Fee, or Trelfa, 31, also said if she had taken her son Liam Fee to hospital for treatment for a broken leg, he would be “alive” today.

The High Court in Livingston heard that despite suspecting he had had a broken leg for several days, she went to look after her horse for three hours on the day Liam died, March 22, 2014, which she said she now regretted.

READ MORE: Nyomi Fee deleted three calls from her phone ‘by mistake’ on night toddler died

Fee is on trial at the High Court in Livingston alongside her civil partner Nyomi Fee, 27, where they deny murdering the toddler at a house near Glenrothes in Fife by repeatedly inflicting “blunt force trauma” to his head and body.Questioned by her lawyer, Rachel Fee initially denied Liam’s death was anything to do with her.Brian McConnachie QC asked her for a second time: “Do you think his death has anything to do with your conduct?”She replied: “I should have got him help, so yes.”She blames his death on a young boy who she said told her he “strangled or suffocated” Liam. READ MORE: Nyomi Fee admits failing to take tragic toddler to hospital despite thinking he could die
Source Daily Record 

Woman accused of murdering her son admits that she ‘completely failed him’

A LESBIAN accused of murdering her son has told a court her decision to look after her horse and not seek medical help for the toddler is one she will regret for the rest of her life.
By Laura Paterson Fri, May 20, 2016

Rachel Trelfa and Nyomi Fee

Left Trelfa and Fee.    Right, Gorgeous wee Liam
Rachel Trelfa admitted it was “a possibility” that her two-year-old, Liam Fee would be “alive” today if she had taken him to hospital for treatment for a broken leg.
The High Court in Livingston heard that despite suspecting her son had a broken leg for several days, she went to look after her horse for three hours on the day that the the child died.
She is on trial alongside her lover, Nyomi Fee

“I completely failed Liam” Rachel Trelfa

The pair deny murdering Liam at a house near Glenrothes in Fife by repeatedly inflicting “blunt force trauma” to his head and body, and say another boy is to blame for the toddler’s death.
Questioned by prosecutor Alex Prentice QC, Trelfa said: “I know I should have got Liam help.
“It’s a decision I’ll regret for the rest of my life.”
She said she took responsibility for the decision not to get help as she was concerned the child would be taken into care and agreed that she had threatened to leave Nyomi Fee if she made the call.
Trelfa said: “I wasn’t thinking straight at all.
“I should have got help, I failed to do so.
“It was the wrong decision to make.
Liam Fee would be “alive” today if she had taken him to hospital for treatment
“I was frightened that they wouldn’t believe me.
“I completely failed Liam.”
The mother denied returning from the stables on the day of her son’s death and “striking him so hard you ruptured his heart”.
She also denied allegations of abusing two other boys, one of whom the couple are accused of falsely blaming for Liam’s death.
Trelfa, 31, became emotional when telling the court about the night Liam died.
She said Fee, 28, screamed for her to come to his bedroom where she was trying to get him out of his buggy and she fell to the floor.
Trelfa said: ‘I wasn’t thinking straight at all’
Trelfa said she asked the other boy what he had done and he said: “I did this”, putting his hands to his mouth and throat.
She told the court: “I said: ‘You’ve strangled him or suffocated him haven’t you?’ and he said: ‘Yes’.”
Trelfa claimed the boy had shown sexualised behaviour for years and in the months before Liam died had began assaulting him sexually and physically, as well as another boy.
She also denied allegations of abusing two other boys
In a statement she gave to police four days after Liam’s death, which was read to the court, she said: “There are lots of other incidents involving Liam and (the boy) from the past but we would be here all day if I was to go into details.
“At a later time both myself and Nyomi would like to tell you about previous injuries caused to Liam by (the boy).”
Mr Prentice asked the witness: “Do you not owe it to the memory of Liam and his dad, who is sitting in court, to tell the truth about Liam?”
She said: “Definitely. I am telling the truth.”
The case continues.  Source The Express

May 19th (Day 26)

Liam Fee murder trial: Accused denies deleting phone calls the night toddler died

One of two women accused of murdering Liam Fee has denied intentionally deleting three phone calls to her mother on the night the toddler died.
Nyomi Fee, who insisted she could have done nothing to prevent Liam’s death, said her phone was damaged with the screen held together by sticky tape.
Nyomi Fee and Rachel Fee deny killing the two-year-old at a house near Glenrothes in Fife on 22 March 2014.
They also face charges they neglected Liam and abused two other children.
The pair blame one of the other children for killing Liam, while in their care over a two-year period.
The women, who are both originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear, deny all the charges against them.
Hospital treatment
Giving evidence for a third day, Nyomi Fee was questioned Fee on why she had deleted calls made to her mother on the evening Liam died before handing her phone over to police.
Prosecutor Alex Prentice QC said: “The only ones you deleted were the calls to and from your mother.
“The critical calls (at) 19:36, 19:42, 19:44 to ‘mam’ they were deleted, you accept that.”
Ms Fee said she had not done so on purpose, said her phone was “completely cracked” and held together with tape, and insisted she had informed police about what had happened.
The prosecutor went on: “It’s just a bit odd that within that cluster these are the only three which are deleted. It looks odd.” Ms Fee dismissed the suggestion.
Asked what she had “really” discussed with her mother, she said they had been talking about a forthcoming holiday.
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Liam Fee was found dead at a house near Glenrothes in Fife on 22 March 2014
Meanwhile, the best friend of Nyomi Fee said she had no problem with Ms Fee looking after her own son, before and after the toddler’s death.
Lindsey Snaith wept in the witness box as she described a phone call from Nyomi Fee telling her that Liam was dead.
She said Nyomi Fee had told her “one of the boys had harmed him and it had went too far”.
The court had earlier heard how Nyomi Fee, 28, denied losing her temper and killing Liam – as she faced claims in court her attitude towards the two-year-old was “wicked and atrocious”.
She told the court she had never harmed the child on any occasion, but did accept Liam would be here today if she had taken him to hospital for treatment to a leg injury sustained days before his death.
Nyomi Fee admitted that her failure to seek the required medical help amounted to neglect and ill-treatment, telling jurors: “I hate myself for that.”
‘Safe environment’
She rejected suggestions she failed to seek help because she was responsible for causing the injury, but admitted she did nothing despite thinking the child could die.
Prosecutor Alex Prentice said: “You looked after Liam, you cared for Liam, he couldn’t care for himself.
“He looked to you as a parent to care for him, to look out for him, to create a safe environment for him, and you thought he might die and you did nothing?”
“Yes,” Nyomi Fee replied.
“That sums this case up, doesn’t it? You didn’t care whether he lived or died?” said Mr Prentice.
“Yes I did,” she said.
‘Knew it was wrong’
The prosecutor said later: “You knew that there was a risk he might die and you allowed that set of circumstances to continue because Rachel might leave you, is that right?” Nyomi Fee agreed.
“That is a wicked and atrocious attitude to have towards a young boy,” said Mr Prentice.
“I knew it was wrong, yes,” she said.
“It’s more than just wrong, do you not agree?” said Mr Prentice.
“Yes,” the accused replied.
“Because if you had taken him to hospital he would be here today, wouldn’t he?” the lawyer said.
“Yes he would,” she said.   The trial continues. source BBCNEWS

May 18th (Day 25)

 Liam Fee murder trial: Accused says she did not assault toddler  18 May 2016
One of the women accused of murdering toddler Liam Fee has told the trial she did not assault the child.
Nyomi Fee, 28, said another boy had injured Liam in the days leading up to his death.
However, Nyomi Fee accepted at the High Court in Livingston that she had not sought medical help for Liam when she knew he had a leg injury.
Nyomi Fee and Rachel Fee deny killing the two-year-old at a house near Glenrothes in Fife in March 2014.
The pair also face allegations that they neglected Liam and abused two other children, one of whom they blame for killing Liam, while in their care over a two-year period.
The women, who are both originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear, deny all the charges against them.
Nyomi Fee said in the days before Liam’s death another boy had told her that he had stood on the toddler’s legs and thrown him across the room.
She said in another incident Involving the same boy Liam had fallen out of the cot and after that she noticed he was not bearing weight on his leg.
She checked symptoms on the internet, but did not seek medical advice, and accepted in this she was guilty of neglect.
When asked if she had caused the fatal injuries to Liam, Nyomi Fee said: “No, never.”

999 call

Nyomi Fee said she played no part in inflicting his fatal injuries and was “in complete shock” when she realised he had died.
Nyomi Fee told jurors she tried to resuscitate the two-year-old but was “gutted” when it became clear that “he wasn’t coming back”.
She denied concocting a story about what happened that night with another child and insisted she had dialled 999 for an ambulance within two or three minutes of discovering Liam.
Fee, the first witness to give evidence for the defence, was in the witness box for a second day.
Questioned by her defence QC Mark Stewart, Fee told how she went into Liam’s room on the Saturday in question and found his buggy in a different place, and he was “very white”.
She said: “I picked him up by his arms and tried to make him wake up, and I screamed on Rachel.”
She said she put Liam on the floor and was “constantly trying to get him to wake up”.
Fee said she phoned 999 within “two to three minutes tops” and suspected that Liam was dead.
“He was really white, he was lifeless, there was nothing,” she told the court.
Mr Stewart asked whether, in the time she was in the room with Liam, she had ever “caused him any injury or ill health by any act or deed”.
“No, none whatsoever,” Fee replied, adding she heard a child in the house say they had strangled Liam.
Mr Stewart asked about her emotions at the point when she found Liam.
“I was absolutely devastated,” Fee told jurors.
On her efforts to resuscitate the child, she added: “It wasn’t working. He wasn’t coming back, I’d lost him.”
Nyomi Fee was giving evidence in her defence.
The prosecution case closed last week. source BBCNEWS

May 17th (DAY 24)

Liam Fee murder: Accused were concerned over his development
Hilary Duncanson Tuesday 17 May 2016

A woman accused of murdering toddler Liam Fee has told her trial of concerns she had over changes in the two-year-old’s development.
Nyomi Fee, 28, said she found it “upsetting” to see the boy “harm” himself and not know what could be done to stop it.
Fee is on trial for a sixth week at the High Court in Livingston alongside her civil partner Rachel Trelfa, or Fee, who is 31
Both Fee and Trelfa – Liam’s mother – deny murdering the toddler, who died at a house in Fife on 22 March, 2014, and falsely blaming his death on another boy.
The pair, originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear, also pleaded not guilty to a string of allegations of wilfully ill-treating and neglecting two young boys over a period of more than two years.
Fee is the first witness to give evidence for the defence after the Crown closed the prosecution case on Friday.
During questioning by her defence QC Mark Stewart on the 25th day of the trial, she covered various topics including the development of Liam.
He was born in August 2011. The court heard how, by July 2012, Liam went to a childminder and his behaviour was “fine” at that stage
But later on that year, Fee said the couple began to have concerns about behaviour in a boy they looked after, who was acting in a sexualised way towards Liam. As that progressed, she said she began to notice changes in Liam’s behaviour, including that he would pinch and bite himself.
Fee told how she voiced her concerns about the toddler’s behaviour to staff at the nursery which Liam had gone on to attend.
“Did you know as a matter of fact that there was something wrong with Liam?” asked Mr Stewart.
“No, I just had concerns,” said Fee. “He had changed. It was like he wasn’t the same ­little boy
“Liam would freak out if it wasn’t me that went into the room first. He wouldn’t accept anyone coming in. He would bite his fingers, scratch himself, just get very distressed.”
Fee said she had started to raise concerns with various professionals about Liam’s behaviour around January or February 2013 and would raise the possibility that the child had autism.
“It was very upsetting to see Liam self-harming and not know why it is and what we could do to stop it,” she said.
By the time Liam left nursery in June 2013, his behaviour had continued to deteriorate, the court heard.
“It was getting progressively worse,” Fee told the court.  scotsman

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Liam Fee murder trial: Accused says toddler ‘self-harming’ 17 May 2016
One of the women accused of murdering two-year-old Liam Fee has been telling the court it was “very upsetting” to see the toddler self-harming.
Nyomi Fee told the court she and her partner Rachel Fee were concerned about changes in Liam’s behaviour and did not know what it was or how to stop it.
She said they believed he might have autism.
The couple deny killing the toddler at a house near Glenrothes in Fife in March 201Liam Fee was found dead at a house near Glenrothes in Fife on 22 March 2014
The pair also face allegations that they neglected Liam and abused two other children, one of whom they blame for killing Liam, while in their care over a two-year period.
The women, who are both originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear, deny all the charges against them.
The prosecution case closed last week.
Nyomi Fee was giving evidence in her defence.
She told the court that she began an affair with Rachel in 2010.
When Rachel became pregnant with Liam they made plans to move to Scotland to set up as a family.
Rachel’s male partner found out about the affair and they sped up their plans, moving to Glenrothes in December 2011.
They entered a civil partnership in June 2012.
Nyomi Fee said Liam’s behaviour at that time was “fine” but she said they had noticed changes after that.
She said Liam did not want to interact so much and started to pinch himself and pull his hair.
Ms Fee says she and Rachel discussed autism with the nursery, health visitor and doctor.
She said it was “very upsetting to see Liam self-harming and not knowing what it was and how we could stop it”.
Ms Fee said during the same time the couple began to have concerns about sexualised behaviour in a boy they looked after, who was acting is a sexualised way towards Liam.
The trial at the High Court in Livingston continues. BBCNEWS

May 13th (DAY 23)

Liam Fee murder trial: Phones of mum accused of killing boy used to research ‘broken hip in baby  13 May 2016   Hilary Duncanson

Devices belonging to lovers Nyomi Fee and Rachel Trelfa were also used to ask “Can wives be in prison together?” shortly before two-year-old Liam Fee was found dead 
A phone belonging to the mum accused of murdering her toddler Googled “How do you die of a broken hip?” and “how long can you live with a broken bone?” days before the boy died, a court heard.

Devices belonging to lovers Nyomi Fee and Rachel Trelfa were also used to ask “Can wives be in prison together?” shortly before two-year-old Liam Fee was found dead at a house in Fife, the trial was told

And a message from Fee’s phone to Trelfa’s mobile stated: “Kids should be drowned at birth to save problems, lol.”

The searches and messages were read out to the court by prosecutor Alex Prentice QC during the evidence of Evita O’Malley, a major crime analyst with Police Scotland.

She was the final witness to give evidence for the Crown in the case against Trelfa, 31, and Fee, 28, at the High Court in Livingston.

The civil partners deny murdering toddler Liam – who died on March 22, 2014 – and falsely blaming his death on another young boy.

The pair – originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear – also plead not guilty to a string of allegations of wilfully ill-treating and neglecting two other boys over a period of more than two years.Google searches by the pair were used as prosecution evidence

Ms O’Malley, 38, told how she analysed the phones after they were surrendered to police by the accused.

The court heard how Fee’s phone had been used to search for the term “broken leg” on March 17, 2014.

Two days later, searches were made on the mobile for terms such as “how do you die of a broken hip?”, “how to prevent blood clots”, and “broken hip in baby”.

Internet searches were also made under the terms “will a hip fracture heal on its own” and “hip brace for toddlers,” jurors were told.

On March 20 and 21 2014, questions asked during internet searches on the same phone included “can you refuse to be treated by a certain doctor?” and “can social services gain access to my house?”, jurors were told

Google searches by the pair were used as prosecution evidence

Ms O’Malley, 38, told how she analysed the phones after they were surrendered to police by the accused.

The court heard how Fee’s phone had been used to search for the term “broken leg” on March 17, 2014.

Two days later, searches were made on the mobile for terms such as “how do you die of a broken hip?”, “how to prevent blood clots”, and “broken hip in baby”.

Internet searches were also made under the terms “will a hip fracture heal on its own” and “hip brace for toddlers,” jurors were told.

On March 20 and 21 2014, questions asked during internet searches on the same phone included “can you refuse to be treated by a certain doctor?” and “can social services gain access to my house?”, jurors were told.

Liam Fee with his favourite Buzz Lightyear toy

Liam Fee with his favourite Buzz Lightyear toy

Analysis of Trelfa’s phone showed it was used to carry out a Google search on March 18 that year for: “How long can a broken leg take to heal?”

The following day, it searched online for: “How long can you live with a broken bone?”

This internet search returned a web page entitled “Can you die from a broken bone?”, jurors heard.

By March 21, the day before Liam died, a search was carried out on the device for “Can wives be in prison together?”, while another asked: “Can lesbians who are married hot (sic) to jail together?”

The murder trial also heard about messages sent between the two devices.

One from Fee’s phone to Trelfa’s stated: “Another few days and he’ll crack without sleep and we’ll be able to make progress.”

Another stated: “Bit lip, scratched eye, a bruise while he walked in door yesterday when I was on phone to you, lol

“We knew it would bruise, it had to, lol.

“It’s Liam now, graze on forehead and nose looks mighty fine, ha ha.”

Rachel Trelfa or Fee, 31, and Nyomi Fee, 28

Rachel Trelfa or Fee, 31, and Nyomi Fee, 28 are accused of murder

Questioned by defence QC Brian McConnachie, for Trelfa, the witness agreed that the pair had handed over the phones to the police at the first opportunity when they were questioned as witnesses.

The Crown has now formally closed its case.

Mark Stewart QC, defending Fee, told the court some legal matters now require to be discussed.

The jury in the trial, being held before judge Lord Burns, will return to court on Tuesday

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Liam Fee murder trial: Accused researched broken bones on phones

The Liam Fee murder trial has heard phones belonging to the two accused were used to search the Internet to see if a broken bone can lead to death.
Data recovered from Rachel and Nyomi Fee’s phones showed search engines and websites had been accessed on the topic.
Nyomi Fee and her partner Rachel Fee deny murdering Liam on 22 March 2014 and blame his death on another child.
Liam was found dead in a house near Glenrothes, Fife.
The pair also face allegations that they neglected Liam and abused two other children, one of whom they blame for killing Liam, while in their care over a two-year period.
The women, who are both originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear, deny all the charges against them.
The trial at the High Court in Livingston continues. BBCNEWS

May 12th (DAY 22)

NO CONCERNS OVER CHILD MURDER INTERVIEWS

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Dr Gary MacPherson was asked to view videos of two children Rachel and Nyomi Fee are accused of mistreating.
Nyomi Fee and her partner Rachel Fee deny murdering Liam on 22 March 2014 and blame his death on another child.
Liam was found dead in a house near Glenrothes, Fife.
The pair also face allegations that they neglected Liam and abused two other children, one of whom they blame for killing Liam, while in their care over a two-year period.
The women, who are both originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear, deny all the charges against them.
Dr MacPherson concluded the interviews had complied with guidelines for interviewing with children.
During cross examination by Nyomi Fee’s lawyer, Mark Stewart, social worker, Charlie Finlay who was one of the interviewers, defended his questioning of the boys.
He said: “I am satisfied we conducted the interview in a professional and attentive manner”.
The trial at the High Court in Livingston continues  BBCNEWS

 

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Social worker defends Liam Fee case interviews – The Courier 
Charlie Finlay and detective constable Valerie Tweedy questioned the two children for 27 hours following the discovery of little Liam’s body in the house the boys shared, a jury heard.
Liam’s mother Rachel Trelfa or Fee, 31, and her civil partner Nyomi Fee, 29, are on trial at the High Court in Livingston for murdering Liam by repeatedly inflicting blunt force trauma on him and then blaming his death on one of the boys.
They are also accused of assaulting, abusing and neglecting Liam and the two boys, who were in their care at their home in Fife for two years until Liam was found dead there in March 2014
They deny all the charges.
Under questioning by Fee’s defence counsel Mark Stewart yesterday, Mr Finlay, 59, insisted that the interview techniques they used had been in line with national guidelines.
He told the court: “Professionally, I’m satisfied we conducted these interviews in a professional and attentive manner that allowed (both boys) free expression about what took place.”
He also defended his decision to inform one of the boys during a carefully controlled interview that Nyomi Fee was a liar because she had told the youngster his father was dead.
Mr Stewart suggested that sharing of that information might have challenged that child’s perception of the accused and caused him to change his version of events.
Mr Finlay said: “I fully accept responsibility for that. What’s clear is you have to act in the best interests of the child.
“That’s a child who believed that his father had been killed. I had no option but to share that with that child.
“The over-riding principle from the national guidance is we have to act in the best interests of the child. The child’s well-being is paramount.”
Under re-examination by advocate depute Alex Prentice, he agreed that the guidance was just that, not rules “written in tablets of stone”.
He stressed that he had seen no reason to halt the interviews as a result of either of the boys becoming distressed but agreed that the seven-year-olds had been “fidgety”.
He also said that the interview had to be “phased” to win the trust of the children involved and take into account that they might have been “coached” by adults.
He told the jury: “That may arise when where a patient or carer is involved in the allegations. The emphasis is on asking appropriate questions.”
Consultant clinical psychologist Dr Gary McPherson, an expert on conducting interviews with children, told the court that he watched most of the interviews with both boys.
He concluded: “Overall, I have no concerns regarding the joint investigative interviews with (the boys).”
The trial, before Lord Burns, continues. COURIER

May 11th (DAY 21)

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May 10th (DAY 20)

Liam Fee Trial: Jury hears how woman accused of murder ‘knew’ toddler was dead
ONE of two women accused of murdering a toddler told police of the moment she “just knew” the two-year-old was dead because he was “so white”, a court has heard.
Nyomi Fee gave a detailed statement to officers four days after Liam Fee died at a house in Fife on March 22, 2014, jurors heard.
In it, she described how she tried to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on the child “but it wasn’t working”. Jurors also heard how Ms Fee’s civil partner, Rachel Trelfa, told police she would be forever haunted by a crackling noise coming from a “lifeless” Liam on the day he died.
Liam’s mother, Trelfa, 31, also known as Fee, and Nyomi Fee, 28, are on trial for a 20th day at the High Court in Livingston, where they deny murdering Liam and falsely blaming his death on another young boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
They also plead not guilty to a catalogue of allegations of wilfully ill-treating and neglecting two young boys over a period of more than two years. Police Constable Dorothy Millar, 42, talked the court through a statement she took from Nyomi Fee on March 26 that year in which she told them about the moment she realised Liam was dead.
Nyomi Fee told officers: “I walked around to the front of his buggy and the blanket was half off his face. He was so white, so I pulled the blanket completely off him.
“I picked up his hands and they were just floppy. They were warm. I just knew he was dead because he was so white.
“I screamed, ‘Rachel, Rachel’, she came straight through. She saw Liam and she started screaming.”
Nyomi Fee told how she dialled 999 for an ambulance and said her partner had collapsed on to the floor. She also told officers: “I heard (a young boy in the house) say he had his hands on his mouth and neck, but I’m not sure if he said Liam’s name.”
The accused described performing chest compressions on the toddler while she was on the phone to the ambulance service.
Herald

NYOMI Fee told officers how she tried to perform CPR on the child “but it wasn’t working”.  10 May 2016

NYOMI Fee told officers how she tried to perform CPR on the child “but it wasn’t working”

ONE of the women accused of murdering toddler Liam Fee told police of the moment she “just knew” the two-year-old was dead because he was “so white”, a court has heard.

Nyomi Fee gave a detailed statement to officers four days after Liam died at a house in Fife on Saturday March 22, 2014, jurors heard.

In it, she described how she tried to perform CPR on the child “but it wasn’t working”.

Jurors also heard how Fee’s civil partner Rachel Trelfa told police she would be forever haunted by a crackling noise coming from a “lifeless” Liam on the day he died.

Liam’s mother Trelfa, 31, also known as Fee, and Nyomi Fee, 28, are on trial for a 20th day at the High Court in Livingston, where they deny murdering Liam and falsely blaming his death on another young boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

They also plead not guilty to a catalogue of allegations of wilfully ill-treating and neglecting two young boys over a period of more than two years.

Read more: Jury hear mother’s recollection of seeing toddler’s ‘pure white and lifeless face’

Witness Police Constable Dorothy Millar, 42, talked the court through a statement she took from Fee on March 26 that year in which she told them about the moment she realised Liam was dead.

Fee told officers: “I walked around to the front of his buggy and the blanket was half off his face. He was so white so I pulled the blanket completely off him.

“I picked up his hands and they were just floppy. They were warm. I just knew he was dead because he was so white.

“I screamed, ‘Rachel, Rachel’, she came straight through. She saw Liam and she started screaming.”

Fee told how she dialled 999 for an ambulance and said her partner had collapsed on to the floor.

Fee also told officers: “I heard (a young boy in the house) say he had his hands on his mouth and neck, but I’m not sure if he said Liam’s name.”

The accused described performing chest compressions on the toddler while she was on the phone to the ambulance service.

“I just kept doing it over and over but it wasn’t working,” she told police.

She told officers the young boy had “said he strangled Liam” and that she shouted to police who arrived at the house: “Get him out.”

Later, Detective Constable John Murphy, 38, spoke about a statement he took from Trelfa, also four days after Liam died.

In it, Trelfa told how her partner went to check on Liam on the Saturday in question.

“I then heard Nyomi screaming from Liam’s room. She was screaming my name over and over. It was horrible.”

Read more: Liam Fee jury weeps as court is shown video of toddler’s body

Trelfa said she ran straight to Liam’s room and was “in shock” because “it happened so quick”.

“He (Liam) was pale white, limp and lifeless. I shouted, ‘What the f***?’

“Nyomi… shouted, ‘I don’t f****** know’.”

She went on: “I saw Nyomi breathing into Liam’s mouth. I don’t know how many times she did this.

“I could hear a crackling noise coming from Liam. I don’t know what it was but it will haunt me forever.”

Trelfa also told officers she shouted to the young boy: “What the f*** have you done?”

She said he gestured with his hands over his mouth, nose and throat but “never said a word” at this point.

“I knew by looking at him and by his face he had done something,” she told police.

Read more: Nursery manager tells court toddler looked at his mum with “fear”

The murder charge alleges that the accused assaulted Liam at a house in Fife on various occasions between March 15 and March 22, 2014.
The pair are accused of falsely telling others, including police, that a young boy – one of those they are accused of mistreating – was responsible for Liam’s death.

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May 9th (DAY 19)

Liam Fee murder trial: Accused couple ‘knew they were in trouble’ 
A friend of Rachel and Nyomi Fee has told a court they “knew they were in trouble” after Liam died.
John Taylor said he had been with the two accused in the days after Liam Fee was found dead in Glenrothes, Fife on 22 March 2014.
He said Rachel Fee had asked “do you think we’ll get a cell together?” after he suggested they would be going to jail for neglect.
Rachel and Nyomi Fee deny murdering Liam and blaming his death on a child.
The trial at the High Court in Livingston continues.
 The pair are also charged with a catalogue of allegations that they neglected Liam and abused two other children, one of whom they blame for killing Liam, while in their care over a two-year period.
The women, who are both originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear, deny all the charges against them. BBC 

 May 6th (DAY 18)
Liam Fee murder trial: High Court told of ‘blood-curdling scream’ 
The mother of Liam Fee described hearing a “blood-curdling scream” as she learned her son was dead, the High Court in Livingston has heard.
The jury has been listening to a police statement made by Rachel Fee in the hours after the two-year-old boy died in Glenrothes, Fife, on 22 March 2014.
She said her partner Nyomi went to check on Liam at about 19:00 and seconds later she heard screaming.
Rachel Fee told detectives she ran into his bedroom to find Liam “lifeless”.
The 31-year-old and her partner Nyomi Fee, 28, are accused of murdering Liam and attempting to defeat the ends of justice by blaming the killing on a young boy.
 They are also charged with a catalogue of allegations that they neglected Liam and abused two other children, one of whom they blame for killing Liam, while in their care over a two-year period.
The women, who are both originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear, deny all the charges against them.
‘Like choking’
In the police statement, Rachel Fee told police how she ran into Liam’s bedroom and “immediately saw he was pure white and lifeless”.
She described Nyomi making a 999 call and her partner’s efforts to help Liam.
In the statement, Rachel also told of confronting a seven-year-old standing at the bedroom door.
She said: “As I was screaming at him and shaking him, asking him what he’d done, he just looked at me and put his hands up to his face.
“He put one hand on his mouth and the other round his neck. The hand over his nose and mouth was like he was suffocating and the hand on his throat was like choking.”
Under cross examination by her defence counsel Brian McConnachie, the detective who conducted the interview described the scene at the house as “pandemonium”.
Det Con Gary McMillan also said he had heard either Rachel or Nyomi shout the words “evil” and “pervert” at the seven-year-old but could not recall which of them had spoken.
Another officer, Det Con Douglas Moyes, gave evidence that he recovered items allegedly used by the Fees to make a makeshift cage, including a fireguard.
The trial has previously claims that a young boy was sometimes made to sleep in such a cage. BBC 

May 5th (DAY 17)
Liam Fee murder trial: Jury weep as they watch police video 
Members of the jury in the Liam Fee murder trial wept as they were shown a police video of the toddler’s body hours after he was found dead.
Rachel Fee, 31, and her partner Nyomi Fee, 28, are accused of murdering the two-year-old in March 2014 at a house near Glenrothes, Fife, and ill-treating two other boys.
The two women deny all the charges against them.
Jurors immediately asked for a break after watching the 12-minute film.
The video was shown to the jury at the High Court in Livingston.
 It showed Liam lying on the floor of his bedroom in his pyjamas, covered in a duvet. The video was taken by detectives in the early hours of 23 March 2014.
Pictures on wall
The court had previously heard paramedics arrived at the house just after 20:00 the previous evening.
The video showed each room of the house where the toddler lived with Rachel and Nyomi Fee. There was a cot in the room, alongside a buggy and pictures of Liam on the wall.
Later, Police Constable Sam Girdwood, 24, told the trial he and his partner were called to the house after receiving a report a baby was in cardiac arrest and may have been strangled by a young boy.
Pc Girdwood said he arrived and Rachel Fee was standing with the boy who she and Nyomi are accused of falsely blaming for Liam’s death.
He said: “She had a hold of the young boy and told him to tell me what had happened. He mumbled something that sounded like ‘I strangled him’.”
The officer said he took the boy into a separate room from the women where he repeated the claim, and brought it up later at Glenrothes police station.
He said: “He wanted to tell me what happened. He put his hand up in the air to say he had done this to (Liam). He went on to say something along the lines of (Liam) was getting more attention than him.”
Both accused, who are originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear, also wept as the video was played to the jury.
The couple are accused of murdering Liam and attempting to defeat the ends of justice by blaming the killing on a young boy.
They are also charged with a catalogue of allegations that they neglected Liam and abused two other children, one of whom they blame for killing Liam, while in their care over a two-year period.  BBC 

Liam Fee trial: Jurors in tears as ‘distressing’ film of dead toddler shown
Jurors wept as they were shown video of tragic toddler Liam Fee lying dead in his bedroom.
The silent film was recorded by a Police Scotland scene examiner just a few hours after the two-year-old was found dead in a Fife flat.
Before it was screened at the High Court in Livingston yesterday the advocate depute warned some people might find the content distressing.
Liam’s mother Rachel Trelfa or Fee and her civil partner Nyomi Fee are on trial for allegedly murdering the tot and trying to defeat the ends of justice by blaming his death on a seven-year-old boy. They deny the charges.
Detective Constable Mark Falconer gave evidence that the 12-minute film was made in the early hours of Saturday 23 March, 2014.
The video tour of their former home near Glenrothes showed photographs of Liam hanging on the walls, heart-shaped decorations and children’s toys.
When the camera reached little Liam’s bedroom Rachel, 31, pinched her eyes to hold back tears and pulled a scarf up over her mouth. Nyomi, 21, bent her head down and buried her face in her scarf before wiping away her tears.
The jury saw baby Liam lying on his back in the middle of his bedroom floor covered with a green duvet. His buggy and cot are standing nearby.
The toddler appears to be asleep with his eyes closed and his head slightly to one side.
He is wearing a T-shirt top featuring the C-Beebies characters the Zingzillas and blue cotton jogging trousers with his arms down by his sides.
Close-up shots of the toddler show that his right leg is straight while his left leg – which was later found to be broken – is bent at an odd angle.
A trickle of dried blood can clearly be seen running down his face from his nose.
PC Sam Girdwood, 24, one of the first officers to arrive at the flat where Liam was found dead, said Rachel Fee had brought a seven-year-old boy to them in the hallway.
He told the jury: “Rachel said: ‘Tell them what you’ve done!’ He mumbled something like: ‘I strangled him’.
“Rachel said she didn’t want him in the house. I took him into another room. He had his head down the whole time he was with me.
“He wasn’t upset. He didn’t show any emotion at all. He stood in the bedroom, his hands were by his side and he was looking down at the floor. He never said anything.”
Jennifer Broadley, 27, who runs a pet shop in Whitburn, West Lothian, said she bought two snakes from Rachel and Nyomi Fee the day Liam died.
She said she paid them £70 for a seven foot boa constrictor and a three and a half foot Royal Python.
She said she saw a boy aged about seven sitting at a desk in the corner of the living room writing out lines in red pen. She added: “He didn’t even look up, he didn’t communicate, he didn’t say anything – he was just writing lines. Scotsman

Liam Fee murder trial: Jury weeps as court is shown video of toddler’s body     DailyRecord
Tragic toddler Liam Fee ‘fell off the radar’, court hears The Daily Express 

May 4th (DAY 16)

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Nursery staff ‘recorded number of injuries on toddler’  STV  04.05.16
Workers said Liam Fee had a swollen lip and bruising to his bottom, ears and nails.
A nursery manager has told a murder trial that staff recorded a number of injuries on toddler Liam Fee during the three months he attended.
Kimberly Trail said the two-year-old started at the private centre in Fife in March 2013 and seemed a “happy wee boy” who played well with other children.
Concerned staff contacted social workers when they noticed bruises and suspected he had lost weight, prompting the child’s mother and her partner to remove him from their care.
Ms Trail was giving evidence at the High Court in Livingston, where Liam’s mother Rachel Trelfa, 31, and her civil partner Nyomi Fee, 28, deny murdering the toddler in March 2014 and falsely blaming his death on another young boy.
A series of photographs taken by nursery staff of Liam, who attended two days a week, showing him playing with toys, on a slide and reading books, were shown to the court.
Ms Trail, 36, said in her opinion the photos revealed that over a period of time Liam’s skin had become more pale, he had bags under his eyes and he had lost weight.
Jurors were also shown a number of diagrams nursery staff used to record injuries on the toddler.
One from April 8 showed bruising to his bottom, which staff noted his mother said came from Liam “nipping himself”.
Ms Trail said it was at this point his mother had raised the issue that Liam could have had autism and the nursery then sent two members of staff on special training to support him.
Other diagrams recorded a swollen lip, bruising to his ears and nails, and in early June social services had been contacted.
The two women then removed him from the nursery, the court heard.
The jury has already been told Liam had attended a childminder before he was registered with the nursery.
Patricia Smith, 37, a woman who had used the same childminder, also gave evidence on Wednesday.
She told the court about an occasion when she saw the two accused outside a shop in Kirkcaldy with Liam in his buggy months after he had stopped going to the childminder.
“I peered into the buggy to see Liam and I noticed he had a blanket over his head and I apologised and said I didn’t realise he was sleeping. Rachel said he was awake and at that point I felt something was wrong.”
Asked by advocate depute Alex Prentice, prosecuting, what that was, she replied: “The stillness. There was something deathly about it. He was too still to be sleeping. It was very strange.”
She said she told a colleague that she was with that “something was not right”, adding: “I felt sick.”
Mr Prentice asked: “What was upsetting you?”
“I didn’t know if he was drugged or dead,” she replied.
She said she phoned social services when she returned to her office.
The court earlier heard from social worker Karen Pedder, a team manager with child protection at Fife Council.
She spoke about a meeting held to discuss Liam after concerns were raised by the childminder about an injury.
Ms Pedder, 45, said a “plausible” explanation had been given and there was no criminal action taken.
The case was not looked at again until there was a contact made by the nursery, she said.
During this investigation, a social worker was told Liam had been pinching himself and the opinion had been that the marks “did not look like adult marks”, she added.
Residential childcare worker Gillian Docherty, 40, of the nursery – the Sunshine Nursery in Kirkcaldy – later told the court of “concern” she had for Liam’s health and welfare.
In a telephone record from June 5 2013, she noted she had spoken to someone “about marks and bruises to Liam and the fact that he looks and feels like he has lost weight and came to nursery with a black eye which did not look new”.
She also described his reaction on an occasion when Rachel came to pick him up from nursery.
“It was a deadpan, just staring, face. No smile,” she told the court.
Senior nursery nurse Vanessa Galloway, 38, of the same establishment, told how Nyomi had made her feel “quite intimidated” at a parents’ evening.
She said she felt that Rachel and Nyomi wanted her to tell them that Liam was autistic and the conversation was becoming “overpowering”.
“She (Nyomi) made a comment, ‘If he’s not autistic, what the f*** is wrong with him?’ Ms Galloway told the court.
She described how she noticed a change in Liam over his weeks she knew him. He looked like he had lost a lot of weight, was pale and appeared a little unhappy, she told jurors.
Of the time when his mother came to pick him up, she added: “He had an uncertain look when his mum approached him, like he was scared.”
The murder charge alleges the couple assaulted Liam on various occasions between March 15 and March 22, 2014.
They also deny a catalogue of allegations of wilfully ill-treating and neglecting two other young boys and are further accused of attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

May 3rd (DAY 15)

Liam Fee murder trial: Childminder tells of toddler’s bruises

A childminder has been telling the Liam Fee murder trial that she had concerns about the toddler.
Heather Farmer told the jury that in the five years she had been a registered childminder, Liam was the only child she had concerns about.
Ms Farmer said she had looked after Liam since the summer of 2012.
The jury heard Ms Farmer kept a diary during the time she looked after him, noting he had bruises on a number of occasions.
 She said by Christmas 2012 she had begun to have doubts and contacted the Scottish Childminding Association for advice because she thought ” somebody was hurting Liam.”
Rachel Fee and Nyomi Fee, who are originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear, are accused of murdering Liam in March 2014 and attempting to defeat the ends of justice by blaming the killing on a young boy.
The couple are also charged with a catalogue of allegations that they neglected Liam and abused two other children, one of whom they blame for killing Liam, in their care over a two-year period.
They deny all the charges against them. The trial at the High Court in Livingston continues. BBCNews
Liam Fee murder trial: Childminder tells court she feared someone was hurting Liam and ‘couldn’t sleep’ from the worry Daily Record
Liam Fee: Childminder ‘feared someone was hurting toddler’  The Evening Times 

 April 29th (DAY 14)

Child taken from nursery ‘after staff called social services’

Two women accused of murdering a toddler removed him from nursery after staff contacted social services, a court has heard.
Elizabeth Wilson, 41, from Fife, told the murder trial that Liam Fee’s mother had told her the two-year-old had stopped going to the private nursery in Kirkcaldy. Ms Wilson, a part-time bartender, told the High Court in Livingston she met and became friendly with Trelfa when they both kept horses at Grantsmuir Farm near Kirkcaldy.
The witness said she was aware that Liam attended the nursery but was told by Trelfa he had stopped going.
Advocate Depute Alex Prentice QC, prosecuting, asked: “Did Rachel give a reason why it stopped?”
She replied: “Because they had phoned social services. There were a few issues and they called social services on them, I think.”
Ms Wilson described an occasion when she met the couple outside a shop and saw Liam in a buggy with a blanket over his head.
Asked what Trelfa had said to her, the witness replied: “Don’t speak to him or look at him because he’d play up or it would upset him, or something to that effect. Just because she claimed he was autistic.”
She told the jury she had some knowledge of autism in relation to her own daughter and had discussed this with Trelfa. “I felt like afterwards she was using snippets of what I’d told her. That’s how it felt to me anyway.”
Ms Wilson described another occasion when she had been giving Trelfa a lift in her car and the other woman’s phone had rung.
She said: “I think it was the health visitor. I think Liam was due for a check-up and she just said she wasn’t going to answer it. She didn’t want to take Liam down because he’d scratched himself and he had a few marks on his feet. I said ‘just answer the phone and take him down. If there’s no problem, just take him’.”
Asked if she would have taken her own child to a health-visitor appointment even if they had bruises, she replied: “Yes.”
Trelfa and Fee also deny a catalogue of allegations of wilfully ill-treating and neglecting two other young boys.
The witness described another occasion when Trelfa told her that one of these boys had sworn at her. “She said that she washed his mouth out with washing liquid or soap and I said ‘you don’t do that’.”
The witness also said Trelfa had once cancelled a lift to take one of the boys to hospital because he “had blisters on his feet which had turned to gangrene, which I thought was a bit dramatic”.
She said: “I said ‘how has it got to that point? Did you not see his feet were bad?”‘
Ms Wilson added that she had been told the injuries were the result of tight plimsolls and that her friend had later shown “horrific” photographs of the boy’s injuries to people at the horse yard. “Personally, if it had been me I wouldn’t have shown anybody, I would have been mortified,” she said.
Mr Prentice asked whether Rachel had ever expressed any concern about how the boys, who cannot be named because of their ages, were disciplined.
Ms Wilson replied: “She did say on occasion she wasn’t happy with the way Nyomi disciplined.”
She also told the court she had visited the couple’s flat along with friends in the summer of 2013, describing it as “not my cup of tea” and “just generally not clean”.

Cross-examining the witness, Brian McConnachie QC, representing Rachel, asked if she had been told how expensive the private nursery was.

Ms Wilson agreed she had been told it cost about £300 a month.
He said: “As far as Liam’s issues were concerned, it wasn’t something that Rachel was in any sense keeping a secret?”
“No,” she replied. She also agreed Rachel had not tried to make any secret of the injury to the other boy’s feet. 
In relation to washing a boy’s mouth out with washing-up liquid, Mr McConnachie suggested it had been the child’s father that had done so.
“No, she said she had done it,” Ms Wilson replied.
The murder charge alleges that Trelfa and Fee assaulted Liam on various occasions between March 15 and March 22 2014.  The couple repeatedly inflicted “blunt force trauma to his head and body”, causing injuries so severe that he died on March 22, it is claimed.
Between that date and April 30 2014, the two are said to have taken various steps to avoid detection, arrest and prosecution, and therefore attempted to defeat the ends of justice. The couple are alleged to have harmed the other two young boys between January 2012 and March 2014. They deny all the charges. The trial, before Lord Burns, continues on Tuesday    STVNews

 Liam Fee murder trial: Lesbian lovers locked boy with boa constrictor OVERNIGHT
The child, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also said he was imprisoned by a couple with the serpent because “they eat little boys” if “they are bad”.The boy’s video interview with cops was played at the trial of Rachel Trelfa, 31, and civil partner Nyomi Fee, 28, who are accused of murdering two-year-old Liam Fee at a house in Fife, Scotland, in March 2014.Jurors have also heard the after a two-year campaign of abuse.
On day 13 of the High Court trial in Livingston, jurors heard the police officer ask the boy: “Were you ever scared?”“Yes, I was scared sometimes,” he replied.“You were scared of the punishment?” the police officer asked. “Yes,” he replied.The young witness described another child being ordered to hit him with a tube of cream and a shoe, and of being forced to take cold showers.In the most shocking admission though, he said he was tied to a wooden chair in just a pink dressing gown beside a boa constrictor sitting in a cage.
DENIAL: Rachel Trelfa and Nyomi Fee allegedly blamed the killing on another boy
The room was locked with a silver chain and padlock.“I couldn’t get out,” said the lad. “They had lots of snakes. They had a boa constrictor and they were threatening me, saying that it might come out and eat me, because they eat little boys as well if they are bad. If I did escape, I wouldn’t have been able to get out anyway.”The trial continues.

As part of the prosecution’s case, the court heard how another boy told police he was scared of being punished when he visited little Liam’s home. DailyStar


April 28th (DAY 13)

Liam Fee murder trial: Accused couple ‘panicking’ over cage
A court has heard claims that two women accused of murdering a toddler were “panicking” as they tried to dismantle a cage in which they allegedly imprisoned another boy.
The evidence was from a child witness who was in the house when Nyomi Fee and her partner Rachel Fee realised that two-year-old Liam was dead.
The couple deny murdering Liam Fee in Fife in March 2014. They also deny ill-treating two other boys.
In an interview with police and social workers, which recorded soon after Liam’s death, the young boy was asked about what happened on the day that toddler Liam fee died at a house near Glenrothes.
The young boy spoke about a makeshift cage in which it is alleged another boy was imprisoned by the accused.
He said: “They were panicking about the cage. They kept asking where can the cage go.”
The court also heard allegations that he and another boy had been made to hit each other. The jury heard recorded evidence from the child who said Nyomi Fee told another boy to hit him with a shoe in the private parts. The child said he ended up bleeding.
Rachel Fee and Nyomi Fee, w ho are originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear, are accused of murdering Liam in March 2014 and attempting to defeat the ends of justice by blaming the killing on a seven-year-old boy.
The couple are also charged with a catalogue of allegations that they neglected Liam and abused two other children in their care over a two year period.
One of these boys is the witness the jury heard from while the other is the child they are accused of falsely blaming for Liam’s death. BBCNews

 April 27th (DAY 12)

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Couple accused of murder ‘panicked’ after death of toddler 27 April 2016
Trial hears Rachel Trelfa and Nyomi Fee tried to dismantle cage used to imprison another child.
The two women accused of murdering toddler Liam Fee “panicked” as they tried to dismantle a makeshift cage in which they allegedly imprisoned another boy, a jury has heard.
A video interview with a child witness was played on day 12 of the trial of Rachel Trelfa, or Fee, 31, and her civil partner Nyomi Fee, 28, who are accused of murdering two-year-old Liam and falsely blaming his death on another boy.
In the recording, filmed after Liam’s death in March 2014, the child witness described the reactions of the accused after they realised the toddler was dead.
The witness, who cannot be named due to his age, said: “They were panicking about the cage. They were asking ‘where, where, where’ can the cage go?”
He said he heard Trelfa say they could not put it in the bedroom because the other boy would “never see you ever again”. He said they then undid the cage.
He was asked: “What happened to the cage then?”
The child replied: “I don’t know.”
He gave evidence he had seen the other youngster kept prisoner in the cage, made from a fireguard and wire mesh from a bed.
He also claimed the couple removed a mattress from the living room where they normally slept and put it in a bedroom normally shared by the boys.
The night Liam died, he said he and the other boy were stripped naked and ordered to carry out punishment exercises because they had been “grounded”.
Earlier he said the couple had forced him and the other boy to hit each other on the private parts with a training shoe and a tube of cream which caused him to bleed.
When they told him Liam was dead they ordered him and the other boy to get dressed quickly because police were on their way.
The jury at the High Court in Livingston heard the witness say the women were “screaming around the house”.
He said: “They never told the police because they thought they were going to get in jail for that.”
The boy said he told Trelfa “it was OK” but she replied: “It’s not going to be OK if you’re going to prison.”
He said Fee had told him he needed to tell police what the other boy had done to him.
The child said on one occasion, Fee was lying in bed encouraging the other boy to hit him on the private parts with a trainer and he had to do the same to him.
He was asked: “Did you ever have to do anything to Liam?”
He answered: “No because he wasn’t bad.”
Questioned about how Trelfa made him feel at the property in Fife, he said: “Sad, unhappy.”
Asked: “What about [Nyomi]?”, he answered: “I didn’t like her because she did stuff. Because she smacked both of us. Both of us were grounded. She would smack us.”
The couple, originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear, are accused of murdering Liam in March 2014 and attempting to defeat the ends of justice by blaming the killing on a boy.
They are also charged with a catalogue of allegations that they neglected Liam and abused two other children in their care over a two-year period.
One of these boys is the witness the jury has heard from this week,while the other is the child they are accused of falsely blaming for Liam’s death.
The couple deny all the charges against them. STVNews

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Liam Fee murder trial: Accused ‘encouraged’ boys to hit each other 27th april ’16
A murder trial has heard claims that one of the accused encouraged two young boys to hit each other.
The jury heard recorded evidence from a child who said Nyomi Fee told another boy to hit him with a shoe in the private parts.
The child said he ended up bleeding. Rachel Fee, 31, and her partner Nyomi Fee, 28, deny murdering toddler Liam Fee and harming two other boys.
The two-year-old was found dead at a house near Glenrothes in Fife in 2014.
In previous evidence, a video days after Liam’s death showed the child saying that the other boy was responsible for the toddler’s death.
He said Nyomi Fee had told him this was the case.
The jury has already been shown a video interview with the other boy, who told police he had “strangled” Liam but that the toddler had been sitting up and watching television afterwards.
Rachel Fee and Nyomi Fee, w ho are originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear, are accused of murdering Liam in March 2014 and attempting to defeat the ends of justice by blaming the killing on a seven-year-old boy.
The couple are also charged with a catalogue of allegations that they neglected Liam and abused two other children in their care over a two year period.
One of these boys is the witness the jury heard from while the other is the child they are accused of falsely blaming for Liam’s death.
They deny all the charges against them.
The trial at the High Court in Livingston continues. BBCNews

April 26th (DAY 11)

Liam Fee murder trial: Accused told boy she had ‘killed his dad’ 26 April 2016

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A young boy has said one of the accused in the Liam Fee murder trial told him she had “killed his dad” with a type of saw.
The youngster made the statement during a recorded police interview after the two-year-old was found dead at a house near Glenrothes on 22 March 2014.
Rachel Fee, 31, and Nyomi Fee, 28, deny murdering Liam and harming two other boys.
The boy also said he felt “unsafe” with the two accused.
In the interview footage shown to the jury on day 11 of the trial at the High Court in Livingston, the boy claimed he suffered a catalogue of abuse at the hands of the two accused.
He said Nyomi Fee told him she had killed his father with a drill-like saw because she did not like liars.
He added: “I didn’t like it. I was thinking I would be dead.”
‘Cold showers’
The interviewers, a police officer and social worker, told him his father was still alive.
The boy said he felt unsafe at the Fees’ house and was made to take cold showers “for 15 or 20 minutes” if he wet the bed.
He said the showers made him shake and Nyomi Fee told him to “stand still”.
He also said he was made to hit the boy the women are accused of falsely blaming for Liam’s death 20 times with an action figure, and was told by Nyomi Fee to “whack him really hard”.
In previous evidence, he said the other boy was responsible for Liam’s death because Nyomi Fee had told him so.
The jury has already been shown a video interview with that boy, who told police he had “strangled” Liam but that the toddler had been sitting up and watching television afterwards
Rachel Fee and Nyomi Fee, who are originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear, deny a series of mistreatment and neglect charges against two other children, as well as the murder charge.
The trial at the High Court in Livingston continues. BBCNews

April 25th (DAY 10)

Liam Fee murder trial: Child witness tells court another boy ‘killed Liam’
25 APR 2016 BY CATRIONA WEBSTER
THE jury has been shown a video of a police interview with the young witness carried out the day after Liam was found dead at a house in Fife in March 2014.
A MURDER trial has heard a young boy claim that another child was responsible for the death of toddler Liam Fee .
The jury has been shown a video of a police interview with the young witness carried out the day after Liam was found dead at a house in Fife on March 22, 2014.
In the interview, the witness said another boy had “done something bad, very, very bad, he’s killed (Liam).”
Rachel Trelfa or Fee, 31, and her civil partner Nyomi Fee, 28, deny murdering the two-year-old and falsely blaming his death on another young boy.
On day ten of the trial at the High Court in Livingston , the jury heard the young witness say he had been playing with the other child in a room at the house as Liam slept in the room next door.
He said: “I think he sneaked out the door and into Liam’s room and put his hand over his mouth so he couldn’t breathe. Then he sneaked back.”
The witness said he did not see the other boy leaving or re-entering the room.
Asked by the police officer how he knew what had happened, he said Nyomi Fee “told me everything”. He added: “No-one else would have hurt him.”
The witness said Nyomi Fee had told him that Liam was white and not breathing, and that he had heard both of the accused “screaming and panicking”.
He said Nyomi Fee had also told the other child “look what you’ve done”.
He told the police officer the other boy “thought he was in big, big trouble because he had done it to him”.
“He was saying ‘what have I done?’, stuff like that.”
The witness said he did not speak to the other boy because “he’s just killed somebody, I wouldn’t want to talk to a killer”.
The young boy told police: “I love Liam, he’s so cute, and now he’s gone.”
Trelfa and Fee also plead not guilty to a catalogue of allegations of wilfully ill treating and neglecting two young boys, who cannot be named because of their age, over a period of more than two years.
One of these boys is the witness the jury have been hearing from while the other is the child they are accused of falsely blaming for Liam’s death.
The jury have already been shown a video interview with that boy, who told police he had “strangled” Liam but that the toddler had been sitting up and watching television afterwards. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/liam-fee-murder-trial-child-7830458

April 22nd (DAY 9)

Liam Fee murder trial: Boy felt like ‘Egyptian mummy in a coffin’after being locked in chest, court is told  22 APR 2016 BY ALAN MCEWENwp-1461751656939.jpg

THE child alleges he was also kept in a room with “vicious” pet rats and snakes and he blacked out after one of the women accused of murdering Liam stood on his neck.
A YOUNG boy told police he felt “dead” when he was imprisoned in a chest of drawers by the women accused of murdering Liam Fee.
The child said he was shut in the chest after trying to escape from Nyomi and Rachel Fee’s flat. He said Nyomi Fee caught him after he tried to make a rope out of bandages to climb through a window.
The primary-age boy said that after another escape bid, Nyomi Fee blocked the bedroom door with a cage where she kept her “vicious” pet rats.
He said there were pet snakes in the room, in plastic boxes. The youngster also described how he blacked out after Nyomi Fee stood on his neck.
He told police: “I couldn’t breathe. It was sore. I could see a bright light. It made me unconscious for a while.”
The boy, who cannot be identified, described the incidents in a videotaped police interview played to the jury. He said he made the escape attempt involving the bandages after being tied up and put in a  cot in a bedroom at night.
He told a detective and a social worker on the tape: “I tried to get the ropes off. I got them off my feet and climbed out the cot. I packed some things – some clothes, some food. I tried tying the bandages. This was after I had sore feet, but I could walk. My plan was to open a window and climb down the house. It didn’t work. Then she caught me.”
The boy said Nyomi Fee, 28, had got up from the living room where she was sleeping to go to the toilet. He said she came to check on him and turned the lights on.
The child said Nyomi Fee told him to strip off his clothes and “smacked” him, and woke Rachel Fee, Liam’s mother. He said he was then put in the chest of drawers in the hall so “I couldn’t escape again”. One of the drawers was taken out so he could fit inside, and a “cage” and a vacuum cleaner were then used to trap him. 
The boy said it made him feel “dead”, like an “Egyptian mummy in a coffin”.
He also described Nyomi Fee’s use of her rats to block the door after another foiled escape bid. And he told of more abuse he said he had suffered at the hands of the Fees.
The boy told how Nyomi Fee stood on his neck until he passed out.
He added: “When I woke up she was punching me on the back because I must have done something, but I don’t know what because I was unconscious.”
He also described another occasion where both Nyomi and Rachel Fee stood on his neck, which made it “extra sore”.
He added: “It happened again. I went unconscious.”
The video of the interview was made on May 5, 2015.
READ MORE: Liam Fee murder trial: Boy tells court he was abused and neglected by couple accused of killing toddler
On Thursday, the jury were played another police interview tape where the boy described how Nyomi Fee forced him to put his hands inside Liam’s mouth. He said Liam was “dead on the floor” at the time.
The boy said Nyomi Fee made him eat his own excrement more than once after he soiled himself because he was tied up and could not get to the toilet.
He also said Nyomi Fee once cut his private parts with a pair of kitchen scissors, drawing blood.
He said Rachel Fee was reluctant to cut him, but “did a little”.
The boy claimed he often banging noises and the sound of Liam crying after Nyomi Fee went into the tot’s room.
He told police: “That’s how I think he died.”
The jury were yesterday played a video of the boy being cross-examined by the Fees’ defence advocates.
In the recording, made around two years after Liam died, Nyomi Fee’s counsel Mark Stewart QC asked the boy if he had tried to run away because he had hurt Liam and feared he was in trouble.
The boy replied: “I tried to run away because of the bad treatment and stuff.”
He added: “I hurt Liam? I don’t remember that.”
The youngster denied suggestions he had once “thrown Liam across the room”.
When asked if he had once put his “foot on Liam’s chest to stop him crying”, he answered: “I can’t remember.”
Asked if he could remember trying to take Liam out of his cot, he replied: “Vaguely”.
Two pathologists have told the court that Liam died from blunt force trauma to his torso, causing his heart to rupture.
Rachel Fee and her civil partner Nyomi Fee have pled not guilty to murdering Liam, who was declared dead on March 22, 2014, by inflicting blunt force trauma to his head and body.
They also deny abusing and neglecting the tot over 26 months and abusing two other boys, including the boy in the police video, over the same period.
The Fees live in Ryton, near Newcastle. The trial at the High Court in Livingston continues. Found here

Boy ‘beaten unconscious’ by Liam Fee murder accused

Murder accused ‘pressed foot on neck of another child’


April 21st (DAY 8)

Murder accused ‘forced child’s hand into toddler’s mouth’

A woman accused of murder forced a young boy’s hand into the mouth of toddler Liam Fee on the night he died, a court has heard.
Nyomi Fee allegedly said to the boy: “Do you want to see what you’ve done to Liam?”
The jury heard how the two women accused of murdering Liam allegedly tied the young boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, to a locked home-made cage at night-time.
 He told police his hands and feet would be bound with cable ties to the makeshift cage constructed out of a fireguard and bars.
The evidence emerged on the eighth day of the trial of Liam’s mother Rachel Trelfa or Fee, 31, and her civil partner Nyomi Fee, 28, at the High Court in Livingston.
They deny murdering two-year-old Liam and falsely blaming his death on another young boy. They also plead not guilty to a catalogue of allegations of wilfully ill-treating and neglecting two other young boys over a period of more than two years.
The jury has been shown various pre-recorded interviews with the boy the women blame for the death, conducted by a police officer and social worker after Liam died at a house in Fife on Saturday, March 22, 2014.
Referring to that night, the boy said Nyomi Fee “told me Liam’s dead”.
He added: “She said: Do you want to see want you’ve done to Liam?”
“Who said that to you?” the interviewers asked.
“Ny (Nyomi) but I didn’t do anything,” he replied. 
He said he did not know what she had meant by that.
The child described how he was told to get dressed and then stood in a corridor.
He said he could see Liam was “on the floor” in his bedroom and his colour had changed to light grey.
Referring to Nyomi Fee, the boy said: “She wiped my hand and got me into Liam’s room and then she got my hand and put it in his mouth.”
Liam was in his pyjamas and his mouth was open at the time, he said.
The boy agreed Nyomi Fee kept pushing his hand in but said she did not say anything to him as it happened.
The child later described how Nyomi Fee told him: “You’ve killed Liam.”
He said his hands would swell up when they were bound and told how he was called “pudding hands” by one of the accused.
The child also described how he would sometimes be naked in the cage, had his hands tied behind his back on occasion and would have objects placed on him to make sure he did not move.
He added Nyomi Fee would do it to him but that Rachel Fee would also do it when Nyomi  Fee was away.
The child also described how the accused would throw jackets over the cage when they were watching DVDs so he could not see.
“Did you have any clothes on?” he was asked. “No clothes on,” the boy replied.
The women deny all the charges against them. The trial, before Judge Lord Burns, continues on Friday. found here http://stv.tv/news/east-central/1351415-murder-accused-locked-another-child-in-a-cage-trial-hears/

 Young boy tied to home-made cage by murder accused, court hears
April 21 2016, 2.25pm
Two women accused of murdering toddler Liam Fee tied a young boy to a locked home-made cage at night-time, a court has heard.
The boy, who cannot be named, told police his hands and feet would be bound with cable ties to the makeshift cage constructed out of a fireguard and bars.
He told how his hands would swell up and was called “pudding hands” by one of the accused, jurors heard.
The child also described how he would sometimes be naked in the cage, had his hands tied behind his back on occasion and would have objects placed on him to make sure he did not move.
Liam’s mother Rachel Trelfa or Fee, 31, and her civil partner Nyomi Fee, 28, are on trial for a second week at the High Court in Livingston, where they deny murdering two-year-old Liam and falsely blaming his death on another young boy.
They also plead not guilty to a catalogue of allegations of wilfully ill-treating and neglecting two young boys over a period of more than two years.
The jury has been shown various pre-recorded interviews with the boy the women blame for the death which were held in the weeks after Liam died at a house in Fife on Saturday March 22 2014.
On day eight of the trial, the jury heard the child tell a police officer and social worker about a “cage” in the living room.
He described being locked in the makeshift construction, which was tied together with cable ties. He said he would be “sitting up, sometimes lying down, tied there” and showed his arms being stretched out and up.
“It was made of a fireguard and there was some bars,” he said, adding the bars came from the under the mattress on a bed.
The child said it happened “after Christmas” and described how the cage would stay in the living room but would get moved into another room when a nurse came round to look at his sore feet.
“Why did you have to go in there (the cage)?” he was asked.
“I don’t know,” the child replied.
“What did you get tied with?” the interviewers asked.
“Cable ties,” he replied, adding that both his arms would be bound, and feet.
“How long would you be tied to that cage for?” he was asked.
“All night,” the boy said, later adding that it happened once in the daytime.
He said Nyomi would do it to him but that Rachel would also do it when Nyomi was away.
The child also described how the accused would throw jackets over the cage when they were watching DVDs so that he could not see.
“Did you have any clothes on?” he was asked.
“No clothes on,” the boy replied. He agreed that he had slept in the cage in the living room.
Jurors heard him describe how his tied hands would become red and swollen, and that Nyomi had called him “pudding hands”.
He described how, on other occasions, he would be tied to a cot with a dressing-gown cord and coat belts. 
https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/uncategorised/158787/1-courts-boy_8064/
Boy tells of being put in cage by Liam Fee murder accused

 April 20th (DAY 7)

Boy ‘in other room’ when toddler Liam Fee died
20 April 2016
A boy blamed for a toddler’s death said he was in another room when he heard the women accused of killing him shout “Liam’s dead!”, a court has heard.
The youngster told interviewers he heard Liam Fee’s mother Rachel Fee crying and telling her partner Nyomi that her son was no longer alive.
Two-year-old Liam was found dead at a house in Fife in March 2014.
Rachel Fee, 31, and Nyomi Fee, 28, deny murdering Liam and blaming his death on another child.
The alleged murder happened at a house near Glenrothes. Liam’s mother and her partner are originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear.
On day seven of the trial at the High Court in Livingston, the jury watched a recording of the boy when he was being interviewed by a police officer and social worker in the weeks after Liam’s death.
‘Horrible things’
He said police led him past the room where paramedics battled to save Liam Fee’s life.

“I saw it,” he said. “That’s how I know he died.”

He said he heard Nyomi going into Liam’s room. He said: “She said: ‘I’m going to check on him’. I heard Rachel crying.”
Asked if anyone had blamed him for what happened, he replied that “Auntie Ny” had said “horrible things” to him.
“[It was] because I messed my Lego on the floor and he tripped over it. I got the blame for that that night, the night the police came.”
The jury heard evidence that the two-year-old’s thigh bone may have been broken when he tripped over a toy and landed heavily on Lego building blocks less than a week before his death.
The boy was living in the same house as Liam when the toddler suffered a catalogue of injuries, including a broken arm and leg, as well as a blunt force trauma impact to the abdomen which ruptured his heart, the jury was told.
He said Nyomi Fee’s remarks putting the blame on him had made him cry.
Neglect charges

He added: “It does worry me. Because I love him and I’m sad because he died. I know its fine to miss him. It’s not going to get me into trouble at all. I’m sure I haven’t been got in trouble by doing anything else to him.”

In another part of the interview, the boy alleged that Nyomi Fee had told him he was not allowed to get up and go to the toilet during the night. As a result, he said he frequently wet the bed.
He claimed she also smacked him and another boy in the house and made them stand naked under cold showers as punishment.
Rachel and Nyomi Fee are accused of a catalogue of child cruelty and neglect charges against Liam, the boy and another boy in their care.
The pair deny all the charges against them.
The trial, before Lord Burns, continues.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-36094134

 April 19th (DAY 6)

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Murder accused pair Rachel and Nyomi Fee have blamed the youngster for Liam Fee’s death.
A boy who said he “strangled” toddler Liam Fee on the day he died changed his claim in a subsequent interview, a murder trial has heard.
The child, who cannot be named because of his age, initially said the incident happened on Saturday, March 22, 2014.
In a later interview, he said he had “made up” that part and it had actually happened on a Tuesday.
Liam’s mother Rachel Trelfa or Fee, 31, and her civil partner Nyomi Fee, 28, are on trial at the High Court in Livingston, where they deny murdering the toddler and falsely blaming his death on another young boy.
The jury has been shown various pre-recorded interviews with the child they are said to have wrongly blamed, which were taken days after Liam’s death at a house in Fife.
The trial last week heard the boy told a female police officer and male social worker he had been with the couple and Liam on that day.
He said he “strangled” Liam but the two-year-old was still sitting up and watching television afterwards.
The boy could be seen putting his hand to his face, over his mouth, before telling the interviewers he had used just one hand.
In a later video played to the jury on day six of the trial, the boy said he “made up” the part about the incident happening on the Saturday.
“It was Tuesday,” he told the interviewers.
He was later asked: “Do you understand what happened to Liam? How do you know that?” The boy replied: “Cos I did it.”
“You did it on the Tuesday?” the questioners continued.
“Yes,” the boy replied, adding: “Put my hand over his mouth.”
The jury also heard claims Trefla had been shouting at the boy on the day of Liam’s death.
The interviewer asked: “Can you remember what she was shouting at you about on that Saturday night?”
“It was all my fault,” the boy replied, adding: “Liam, it was all my fault.”
The court was again closed to the public as the recordings were played to the jurors.
The murder charge alleges the couple assaulted Liam at a house in Fife on various occasions between March 15 and March 22, 2014.
They also face a catalogue of allegations of wilfully ill-treating and neglecting two other young boys over a period of more than two years.
The pair are accused of falsely telling others that a young boy, one of those they are accused of mistreating, was responsible for Liam’s death.
They deny all the charges against them. The trial, before Judge Lord Burns, continues on Wednesday.
http://stv.tv/news/east-central/1351134-trial-hears-evidence-from-boy-blamed-for-toddlers-death/

 April 15th DAY 5

Liam Fee: “I strangled him but only for a minute” – Court hears from boy who said Liam seemed unaffected afterwards 15 APR 2016

THE COURT heard the youngster, who can’t be named for legal reasons, put his hand over Liam’s mouth but that ‘nothing’ happened as a result.
A LITTLE boy who was in toddler Liam Fee’s home on the night he died told police: “I strangled him.”
But the primary school-age lad said the tot was sitting up immediately afterwards and watching a movie
on DVD.
The pre-recorded video interview was shown yesterday to a hushed courtroom where Liam’s mum Rachel Fee and her civil partner Nyomi Fee are on trial accused of murdering him.
The women blamed Liam’s death on the little boy, who was questioned on camera by a detective and a social worker.
In footage viewed by the jury, the boy said he “strangled” Liam in a bedroom for “a minute”.
Asked to demonstrate how he did it, he partially covered his own mouth.
The boy said Liam did nothing during the alleged attack and that afterwards, he was looking around and watching the telly.
The video was shot at a Fife social work building two days after Liam died in a flat in Thornton, near Glenrothes, on March 22, 2014.
Three hours of it were played in a closed session at the High Court in Livingston yesterday, with only press members allowed in the public gallery.
Rachel, 31, wept minutes into the tape as she sat in the dock alongside co-accused Nyomi, 28.
When asked by his interviewers what had happened, the boy at first said: “I don’t want to tell anyone. It’s a long story. I don’t want to talk about it.”
Around two-and-a-half hours in and clearly upset, he said he’d been “bad” and had been put on the “naughty step”.
Social worker Charles Finlay asked: “What did you do that was bad?” The boy replied: “I strangled Liam.”
Finlay asked: “How did you do that?” The boy was seen putting his hand to his mouth, explaining that he’d used just one hand.
“What happened when you took your hand away?” Finlay asked. The boy said: “He was sitting up.”
The little lad said they’d been watching the film The Green Lantern in a bedroom with another boy and Liam continued to watch it.
Earlier, the boy had said Nyomi had already taken Liam away to his own bedroom to sleep as he was “getting tired”.
The court has heard that Nyomi made a 999 call at 7.57pm that night to say Liam wasn’t breathing.
The jury have heard from two pathologists that Liam died after “blunt force trauma” to his torso caused his heart to rupture.
In the video interview, the boy was asked about what else he did on the day Liam died.
He described playing with Liam and the other boy in the morning and watching The Dark Knight and
another Batman film before they all travelled by bus to Glenrothes with Rachel and Nyomi to go shopping.
He said the three children had a Happy Meal at a McDonald’s before returning home where he, the other boy and Liam – who was in his highchair, ate dinner in a bedroom because “guests” had come round. He said he’d heard the voices of five women along with Nyomi’s. He said that later on, Nyomi and Rachel were in the living room drinking vodka while he played with Liam and the other boy and watched The Green Lantern.
Prosecutors allege that Liam suffered a catalogue of torture for two years between January 2012 and March 2014.
The Fees are accused of murdering him by inflicting blunt force trauma to his head and body between March 15 and his death a week later. The two other boys were allegedly subjected to sickening abuse at their hands, including being locked in a cage and forced to eat dog dirt.
The women, who live in Ryton, near Newcastle, deny the charges. The trial continues on Tuesday.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/liam-fee-i-strangled-him-7764711#KC6R7iCQqEb63kd1.99



April 14th DAY 4

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Liam Fee could have been killed by a single stamp from a child a court heard

 14 APR 2016
Pathologist Dr Paul French has been giving evidence before a murder jury. Ryton couple Rachel Trelfa and Nyomi Fee deny killing the two-year-old
Toddler Liam Fee could have been killed by a single stamp from a child a court has heard.
Pathologist Dr Paul French was giving evidence for a second day at the trial of Rachel Trelfa or Fee, 31, and her civil partner Nyomi Fee, 28.
The couple, from Ryton, Gateshead, both deny murdering Trelfa’s son Liam.
Jurors have heard how Dr French carried out a post-mortem examination on the two-year-old’s body two days after his death at a house in Fife in March 2014.
He told the High Court in Livingston how the toddler had a ruptured heart and he recorded the cause of death as blunt force injury to the torso.
Dr French, 38, said “severe force” would have been needed to cause the injury.
During cross-examination from Mark Stewart QC, defending Fee, he was asked that if the child had been stamped on in a “sudden, sharp manner” to the abdomen, would it have generated the sort of “compressive force” that led to the heart injury.
Dr French replied: “That is one possibility, yes.”
Mr Stewart asked: “That event, if it occurred, was capable of being executed by a single person.
“Yes, that’s possible,” Dr French said.
“That single person might have been a four stone child?” asked Mr Stewart.
“That’s possible,” the witness said.
Liam Fee, the two year old who died at his Tyneside family’s flat in Scotland
During re-examination of his evidence, advocate depute Alex Prentice QC, prosecuting, put it to Dr French that it was also “equally possible an adult could have done it”.
The witness agreed.
“It’s not just a push or a punch in the stomach, is it?” asked Mr Prentice.
“No, it’s severe force,” said Dr French.
The murder charge alleges that the couple assaulted Liam at a house in Fife on various occasions between March 15 and March 22, 2014.
They also face a catalogue of allegations of wilfully ill-treating and neglecting two other young boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons, over a period of more than two years.
The pair are accused of falsely telling others, including police, that one of the other young boys was responsible for Liam’s death.
They deny all the charges.

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Liam Fee murder: Stamp may have caused fatal heart injury

The Liam Fee murder trial has heard it would be possible for a “single stamp” from another child to have caused the injury that killed the toddler.
An abdomen stamp which forced blood to burst a hole in his heart could have been administered by a child or adult, the High Court at Livingston heard.
Nyomi Fee, 29, and Rachel Fee, 32, deny murdering Rachel’s son Liam, two, in a house near Glenrothes on 22 March 2014.
The couple also deny harming two other children.
Liam’s mother Rachel Fee and her civil partner Nyomi Fee, originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear, further deny attempting to defeat the ends of justice by blaming the killing on another child.
Broken bones
Pathologist Dr Paul French told the jury that a heart injury was the most likely cause of death.
Mark Stewart, defending Nyomi Fee, asked him if the force of being stamped on in a “sudden sharp manner” would generate the compressive effect that would lead to this heart injury. He replied: “That is one possibility, yes.”
Mr Stewart said: “That stamp would be likely to be applied to the abdomen?” “Yes.”
“That event, if it occurred, would be capable of being executed by a single person?” “Yes, that is possible.”
“And that single person might have been a four stone child?” “Yes, that is possible.”
The jury also heard that Liam had severe bruising to his private parts consistent with being sexually groped roughly before he died.
Injuries in and around his mouth and nose could have been linked with someone putting their hand over his mouth and smothering him.
The jury also heard that bones in his upper arm and thigh which had been broken on two separate occasions – just prior to death and three to six days previously – could also have been the result of a stamping motion.
The trial before Lord Burns continues.

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Liam Fee murder: Toddler suffered a ‘ruptured heart’  13 April 2016

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 APRIL 12th  DAY 2

Murder accused ‘told mother another boy had killed toddler’

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12 April 2016
Two-year-old Liam died at a house in Fife in March 2014 A jury has heard an account of the moment toddler Liam Fee was found dead at a house in Fife.
Rachel Trelfa or Fee, 31, and her civil partner Nyomi Fee, 28, deny murdering Trelfa’s two-year-old son in March 2014. The women also plead not guilty to a catalogue of allegations of wilfully ill-treating and neglecting two other young boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons, over a period of more than two years. The pair are accused of falsely telling others, including police, that one of the other young boys was responsible for Liam’s death.
On day two of the trial at the High Court in Livingston, the jury heard evidence from Fee’s mother. Janice Fee, 57, a part-time carer from the north of England, was taken through a statement she gave to police about a phone call she received from her daughter on March 22, the day Liam died.
Advocate Depute Alex Prentice QC read the statement to the court.
It said: “She was screaming and very upset, saying Liam’s dead, Liam’s dead. I could also hear Rachel screaming. I was in shock and didn’t know what was happening.”
Ms Fee said her daughter told her a young boy had told police he had “done it”, the court heard.
The statement read to the jury continued: “He had said how he did it. She said (the boy) held his nose and held his throat, that he had told the police twice.” The murder charge alleges that the couple assaulted Liam at a house in Fife on various occasions between March 15 and March 22, 2014.
Trelfa and Fee repeatedly inflicted “blunt force trauma to his head and body” causing injuries so severe that he died on March 22 that year, it is claimed. Between that date and April 30 2014, the two are said to have taken steps to avoid detection, arrest and prosecution, thereby attempting to defeat the ends of justice. Another charge denied by the women alleges that they assaulted Liam on various occasions between January 2012 and March 2014.
Ms Fee told the court the phone call was received at around 8.50pm, after two earlier calls that evening during which they had discussed plans for her daughter to visit her. She said Fee had told her not to tell anyone about Liam’s death and “just to keep it in the family”. The witness said her daughter, who she said had once studied childcare at Newcastle College but did not complete the course, had entered into a civil partnership with Trelfa in June 2012. Ms Fee said she had visited the couple around once a month after they had moved from the north east of England to Scotland.
Under cross-examination, Brian McConnachie QC, representing Trelfa, asked her view of the house the couple lived in. She replied: “It was kept perfect.” Mr McConnachie asked whether she felt the couple were “in any sense harsh” on Liam.
“No, not at all,” she said.
She continued: “Every time I went up he was running around. He was a normal little boy.” But she said Liam had changed in the months before he turned two.
“He wouldn’t talk any more,” she said. “He used to say nana but he wouldn’t speak to me. He had a blanket and he was sort of trying to hide himself all the time. He didn’t want to be seen. He hid his face.”
The witness said Trelfa and Fee thought Liam might have autism and took him to the doctor.
The charges of ill-treatment against the other two young boys include allegations that one had a cage filled with rats put on his head, while the other was tied naked to a chair in a room where rats, snakes and a boa constrictor were kept. Ms Fee said the pets were kept in “special containers with little names on” and that she would not have gone into the house if they had not been properly contained.
The court earlier heard from Trelfa’s mother Gail Trelfa, 55, from Macclesfield, Cheshire, who broke down in tears as she told the jury she had not spoken to her daughter since Easter 2012. She said she had loved Liam “very dearly”, and added: “I’ve lost my daughter and I’ve lost my grandchild. Thank-you Nyomi.”
Mrs Trelfa said she had previously been “very close” with her daughter, who she said had been a “very good mother”.found here

Liam Fee murder: Trial hears strangle claim in 999 call 12 April 2016

A trial has heard that a woman accused of murdering a two-year-old boy in Fife along with her civil partner, claimed the child was strangled by another boy.
Nyomi Fee, 28, and Rachel Fee, 31, deny killing Rachel’s son Liam in a house near Glenrothes on 22 March 2014.
The couple also deny harming two other children.
During the second day of evidence at the High Court in Livingston the pair wept as a 999 call they made was played to the jury.
In the 999 call made shortly before 20:00 on March 22, a distressed Nyomi Fee can be heard sobbing and saying “oh god, oh god” and “please, please” as she attempts to perform CPR on Liam with the help of the operator.
In the recording, she said: “Can you please hurry up, my baby’s not breathing.
“I think he’s dead, he’s not breathing, he’s white.”
‘No signs of life’
She can then be heard telling the female operator that another young boy had “strangled” Liam.
She said: “He held his mouth closed, he said he held his mouth closed and his neck because he was crying, because he was trying to hurt him.”
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Paramedics, Alexander Higgins and James Graham attended at the couple’s house within minutes of the 999 call being made
The jury also heard evidence from James Graham, 44, an ambulance technician who attended at the couple’s house within minutes of the 999 call being made, alongside paramedic Alexander Higgins, 46.
Mr Graham told the jury: “The child was lying on the floor, he was facing us at that point. He was white. There were no signs of life, he appeared to be lifeless.”
He said Fee had shouted at another young boy: “You tell these men what you’ve done.”
Mr Graham said: “He just stood there with a look to say, I don’t know what I’ve done but it must be bad.”
Describing Liam, Mr Higgins told the jury: “When we first arrived he was very waxy looking, his skin was very pale and waxy.”
Nyomi Fee's mother Janice Fee
Nyomi Fee’s mother Janice Fee was taken through a statement she gave to police about a phone call she received from her daughter
Earlier, Nyomi Fee’s mother Janice Fee, 57, a part-time carer from the north of England, was taken through a statement she gave to police about a phone call she received from her daughter that same day.
Advocate Depute Alex Prentice QC, reading the statement to the court, said: “She was screaming and very upset, saying Liam’s dead, Liam’s dead.
“I could also hear Rachel screaming. I was in shock and didn’t know what was happening.”
Rats and snakes claim
Ms Fee said her daughter told her another young boy had told police he had “done it”, the court heard.
The statement read to the jury continued: “He had said how he did it. She said (the boy) held his nose and held his throat, that he had told the police twice.”
The jury also heard evidence from Liam’s grandmother, Gail Trelfa, 55.
She said she had been very close to her daughter Rachel and grandson Liam and had felt she had “lost” them after her daughter left his father to be with Nyomi Fee.
The murder charge alleges that the couple assaulted Liam at a house in Fife on various occasions between March 15 and March 22, 2014.
It is claimed the women repeatedly inflicted “blunt force trauma to his head and body” causing injuries so severe that he died on March 22 that year.
Between that date and April 30 2014, the two are said to have taken steps to avoid detection, arrest and prosecution, thereby attempting to defeat the ends of justice.
Another charge denied by the women alleges that they assaulted Liam on various occasions between January 2012 and March 2014.
They also deny a catalogue of allegations of wilfully ill-treating and neglecting Liam as well as two other young boys over a period of more than two years.
One of these boys is the person they are accused of falsely blaming Liam’s death on.
The charges of ill-treatment against that boy include allegations that he was locked in a makeshift cage for long periods and had a cage filled with rats put on his head.
The allegations concerning the other young boy include that he was tied up in a room where rats and snakes were kept.
The women deny all the charges. The trial, before Lord Burns, continues. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-36025431

 Gran tells trial of ‘losing’ grandson April 12th 2016

APRIL 11th DAY 1

Mother & partner accused of murdering young son & catalogue of abuse

April 11th 2016
The toddler was found dead at his home in Glenrothes, Fife
A mother and her partner have gone on trial accused of murdering her two-year-old son.
Rachel Trelfa or Fee, 31, and Nyomi Fee, 28, deny murdering toddler Liam in Fife in March 2014.
The women also plead not guilty to a catalogue of allegations of wilfully ill-treating and neglecting two other young boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons, over a period of more than two years.
They further deny attempting to defeat the ends of justice following the toddler’s death.

Liam Fee murder: Two women on trial over toddler son’s death

  • 11 April 2016
Two-year-old Liam Fee died in March 2014
Two women have gone on trial accused of murdering a two-year-old boy in Fife and blaming the killing on another boy. Rachel Fee, 31, and her civil partner Nyomi Fee, 28, deny killing her son Liam in a house near Glenrothes on 22 March 2014. The women also deny locking another boy in a cage and tying a third to a chair in a room with rats and snakes.
The trial, which is expected to last for between four and six weeks, at the High Court in Livingston continues. The couple, originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear, deny committing the offences at the home they shared near Glenrothes between 12 January 2012 and 22 March 2014.

999 call

Both women are charged with assaulting Liam by repeatedly inflicting blunt force trauma to his head and body between 12 January 2012 and 14 March 2014.
They are accused of murdering him by inflicting similar blunt force injuries between 5 and 22 March 2014. They are also charged with wilfully ill-treating, neglecting and abandoning Liam in a manner likely to cause him unnecessary suffering or injury to health between January and March 2014 leaving him in a darkened room without physical or mental stimulation, giving him medicine to make him sleep and failing to provide and seek appropriate, timely and adequate medical aid for him when he was injured. They further deny attempting to defeat the ends of justice following Liam’s death by delaying contacting the emergency services and falsely claiming during a 999 call – and later to police, friends and family – another boy was responsible for his death. The Crown also alleges that prior to the arrival of police and paramedics on 22 March, they forced the hand of a boy they blamed into the dead child’s mouth.

Father’s evidence

On the first day of the trial, the jury heard evidence from Liam’s father Joseph Johnson, 33. He said he had been “devastated” when Rachel Fee unexpectedly left him and their home in the north of England in December 2011, taking their son to Scotland.
He said he had regular contact with Liam until about Easter 2012, when an attempted reconciliation with his ex-partner failed. Mr Johnson described receiving a call from Nyomi Fee on March 22, 2014, the day Liam died, who he said told him a boy “had killed Liam and Liam was dead”.
The women face cruelty and neglect charges against all three boys and the indictment includes allegations that they deprived them of food and threatened them with violence. One of the boys allegedly had a cage of rats put on his head and the other was alleged to have been tied up in a room where rats and snakes were kept. Both women deny all the charges. found here

 He was a wee gorgeous.. R.I.P Liam

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Nyomi Fee (R) & Rachael Trelfa (L)

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6 thoughts on “Daily Account Of #LiamFee Murder Trial: updated 01.06.16

    1. Not how i wooda worded it.. But i agree 100% wi the sentiment. I hope when they r in the jail, that they get bak *IN TRIPLICATE* wot they dished out 2 those three poor wee boys..

      Wi any luck they wont b able 2 conceive anymore children after that.

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    1. I’m not sure. For no real reason, I’ve not liked this case from day 1.
      I’m probably wrong!! It’ll no doubt jst be my over active imagination!
      No harm in keepin an eye on it tho!

      Poor wee boy eh?
      Infact my heart goes out to all the kids. Its horrific.

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