‘How do you die of a bro­ken hip? Mur­der trial told of ‘in­ter­net searches’

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

MO­BILE phones be­long­ing to two women ac­cused of mur­der­ing a tod­dler were used to carry out in­ter­net searches on sub­jects such as “How do you die of a bro­ken hip” and “How long can you live with a bro­ken bone?”, a jury has heard.

The de­vices be­long­ing to Rachel Trelfa, for­merly of Mac­cles­field, and Ny­omi Fee and were used to run the Google searches on March 19, 2014, three days be­fore two-year-old Liam Fee was found dead at a house in Fife, a mur­der trial was told.

Ms Trelfa’s phone was also used to ask the search en­gine on an­other oc­ca­sion: “Can wives be in prison to­gether?,” the jury heard.

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

The searches and mes- sages 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 Ms 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.

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

The court heard how Ms 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.

Anal­y­sis of Ms 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?”

Pro­ceed­ing

●● Two women are ac­cused of killing two-yearold Liam Fee

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