Jury deliberates in trial of couple for toddler’s murder

Liam Fee

Jurors in the trial of a mother accused of murdering her two-year-old son with her partner have resumed consideration of their verdicts.

Rachel Fee, or Trelfa, 31, and her civil partner Nyomi Fee, 29, deny murdering toddler Liam Fee, who was found dead at a house near Glenrothes in Fife on March 22, 2014.

The couple say another young boy, who cannot be identified because of his age, was responsible for Liam’s injuries.

The 14 men and women of the jury resumed their task at the High Court in Livingston after about four hours of deliberations on Friday.

Judge Lord Burns has told them to “act impartially and dispassionately” as they consider a ‘’highly emotional’’ case.

They have been told they can return verdicts of guilty, not guilty or not proven to the eight charges the women face - the latter two being verdicts of acquittal.

The judge also said they were under no pressure and could take as long as they needed to reach a decision.

Both accused, originally of Ryton, Tyne and Wear, 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.


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