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Court Hears Murder Accused Pair 'Punished Boy'
A young boy has told how he received "punishment'' from two women accused of murdering toddler Liam Fee.
A court heard the youngster, who cannot be named because of his age, describe how he was forced to take cold showers if he wet the bed.
He said he could end up shaking during the experience, was called "dirty boy'' and was made to drip dry on a towel in a corridor.
A jury also heard him describe the moment he realised Liam was dead, telling interviewers: "I saw it.''
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 two-year-old and falsely blaming his death on another young boy.
The jury has been shown various pre-recorded interviews with the child they are alleged to have wrongly blamed, which were taken in the days and weeks after Liam's death at a house in Fife on Saturday March 22 2014.
He is the same child who previously claimed he "strangled'' Liam days before his death - but that the toddler was still sitting up and watching television afterwards.
On Wednesday, the seventh day of the trial, the jury heard the boy tell a police officer and social worker that he was not allowed to get up to go to the toilet during the night, which sometimes meant he would wet the bed.
He said that made him feel "sad'' and told interviewers he would have to take his pyjamas off and remove the bed sheets.
He would then "have to get a shower, a cold one'' as a result, the court heard, and he could also get a smack on his bottom which left it ``red''.
The child told how the showers would leave him "shaking'' and were not for the purpose of getting washed.
One interviewer asked him: "You were getting a cold shower because you wet the bed. Do you think that that was a punishment?''
"Yes,'' replied the boy.
He said Nyomi would make him get in the shower, but so too would Rachel on occasions.
The boy said he would then have to stand on a towel "in the corridor'' and agreed he would have to drip dry there, sometimes without even a vest on.
He said Nyomi would show she was angry by calling him "dirty boy''.
The child also told how, on another occasion, Nyomi had stamped on his feet and made them bleed.
Earlier, the child spoke about the day Liam died and told the interviewers: "I'm sad because he died.''
"When did you get told about Liam?'' he was asked.
"I saw it,'' he replied.
He also told the interviewers: "I saw a buggy lying on the floor, in the night time.''
The boy also agreed that Nyomi had said "horrible things'' to him that night and said it made him feel "sad''.
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, including police, 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 Thursday.
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