Vile and vicious lesbians Rachel Trelfa and Nyomi Fee murdered Rachel’s 2-year-old son and then lied to police and social workers, putting the blame on the other children in their family.
Liam Fee murder: Children’s evidence crucial in exposing killers’ lies
by Press Association May 31 2016, 1.59pm
Rachel Trelfa and Nyomi Fee tried to blame other children for the death.
The courage of two young boys was crucial in allowing police to unravel the web of lies spun by the two women responsible for Liam Fee’s death.
Liam’s mother Rachel Trelfa and her civil partner Nyomi Fee have been convicted on a majority verdict of killing the toddler by repeatedly assaulting him over the course of several days in the flat they shared in Thornton in March 2014.
Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Rory Hamilton said the evidence of the children, who suffered a catalogue of horrific abuse at the hands of Trelfa and Fee, was the key to securing their conviction.
Both primary school age children were present in the house on the night Liam died. As soon as police arrived at the house, the women pointed the finger of blame.
The young boy they accused appeared to admit responsibility, telling officers he had “strangled” the toddler by putting his hands over his mouth.
It was not long before it became apparent that Liam’s death was no tragic accident but something far more sinister. The truth was teased out over the course of the following weeks, in five video recorded interviews conducted separately with both children.
The carefully planned interviews were carried out by a public protection officer trained in questioning children and a social worker, who slowly won the trust of the initially “wary and withdrawn” boys.
Without the evidence of the boys it clearly would have been very, very difficult to have got this case to court.
Mr Hamilton said: “During those video recorded interviews, it became quite clear that both, along with Liam, would appear to have been subjected to a catalogue of significant abuse over quite a long period of time.
“What was significant was that each was corroborating each other’s events to quite a significant extent, and when you took into account the fact they had been separated immediately upon the police arrival, that was very good evidence.
“It is not plausible for two (young boys) to get together, make up a story of such elaborate nature and then be expected to stick to that, so I’m in absolutely no doubt of what has happened and the importance and the courage that (the children) have shown in giving their evidence to the police.
“Without the evidence of the boys it clearly would have been very, very difficult to have got this case to court.”
Liam – tortured, abused, died of multiple injuries