Monday, 16 May 2016

Searches on phones belonging to two women accused of murdering Liam Fee included "broken hip in baby", a jury has heard.
19:19, UK,Friday 13 May 2016
Family handout file photo issued by Police Scotland of two-year-old Liam Fee.
Mobile phones belonging to two women accused of murdering toddler Liam Fee were used to make online searches including "how do you die of a broken hip" and "broken hip in baby", a jury has heard.
Rachel Trelfa and Nyomi Fee's mobile phones were used to run the Google searches three days before Liam was found dead at a house in Fife on 22 March 2014, the prosecution alleges.
On other occasions, a message from Nyomi Fee's phone to Trelfa's read "Kids should be drowned at birth to save problems, lol."
A search made on Trelfa's device asked: "Can wives be in prison together?" jurors at the High Court in Livingston were told.
The civil partners - from Ryton in Tyne and Wear - deny murdering two-year-old Liam and falsely blaming the toddler's death on another young boy.
They also plead not guilty to allegations of wilfully ill-treating and neglecting two other boys.
Jurors heard that internet searches on the device belonging to Fee had included "hip brace for toddlers", "how to prevent blood clots", and "can social services gain access to my house?"
Analysis showed that Trelfa's phone was used to carry out a search for "how long can a broken leg take to heal?" on 18 March 2014. 
A major crime analyst with Police Scotland told jurors how she analysed the devices after they were surrendered to police by the accused.
The searches and messages were read out by the prosecution during the analyst's evidence.
The witness agreed when questioned by defence QC Brian McConnachie that the two women accused had handed the devices over to police at the first opportunity when they were questioned as witnesses.
The jury will return to court on Tuesday.