Liam Fee murder trial: Boy felt like ‘Egyptian mummy in a coffin’ after being locked in chest, court is told

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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.

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He told police: “I couldn’t breathe. It was sore. I could see a bright light.

“It made me unconscious for a while.”

The Fees deny murdering two-year-old Liam, who was pronounced dead at their home in Thornton, Fife, two years ago.

They also deny falsely blaming the killing on the boy whose words were heard in court yesterday.

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.”

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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”.

The High Court in Livingston

The High Court in Livingston where the case is being heard

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.

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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 that as Rachel Fee looked on, Nyomi Fee told him: “You killed Liam.”

He said that before he was taken into the room where Liam was lying, Nyomi Fee asked him: “Do you want to see what you did to Liam?’

But he told police: “I knew I didn’t do anything to him.”

The boy also claimed that the Fees made him sleep in a cage made from a fireguard with his hands and legs tied.

He said Nyomi Fee called him “pudding hands” when his bonds made his hands swell.

And he said the Fees would sit and watch DVDs of Channel 4 show Shameless in the room where he was caged, after covering the cage so he couldn’t see the TV.

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.

Liam Fee

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.

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Article source: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/crime/liam-fee-murder-trial-boy-7813548

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