Police officers at the forefront of the Liam Fee murder inquiry have welcomed the life sentences handed down to his killers.
Rachael Trelfa or Fee (31) and Nyomi Fee (29) were jailed today (Wednesday) at the High Court in Livingston for the horrific killing of the two-year-old.
Rachel and Nyomi Fee were given minimum terms of 23 and a half-years, and 24-years respectively, at the High Court in Livingston this morning.
Two-year old Liam died after a catalogue of abuse and ill treatment at a house near Glenrothes in March 2014.
The women, who are civil partners, were also convicted of abusing two other boys in their care.
Detective Inspector Rory Hamilton who led Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team welcomed the sentences - and paid tribute to the courage of the children whose evidence was key to securing the convictions.
He said: “The thoughts of all those connected to our investigation remain with Liam’s wider family and those who knew him during his short life.
“The sentences reflect the seriousness of the crimes committed by Rachel and Nyomi Fee; they also reflect the joint commitment of Police Scotland and partners to bringing to justice those who commit acts of violence against the most vulnerable in our communities.
“I would again commend the two young boys whose evidence played such a vital part in securing the convictions and bringing their abusers, and the women who murdered Liam, to justice.”
Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham, lead officer for Major Crime and Public Protection, said: ““We will work with our child protection partners to ensure that the Significant Case Review identifies any recommendations which can be taken forward to ensure communities have the utmost confidence in protective and welfare services.”
Handing down the sentences, Lord Burns condemned the duo.
‘‘You subjected the children to a cruel, pitiless regime of ill treatment and neglect,’’ he said.
The women showed no emotion as they faced life behind bars.
Little Liam died at his home near Glenrothes, in March 2014, having suffered a ruptured heart as a result of severe blunt force trauma to his body.