By Sarah Keane •
Published: 25 Jan 2021 • 14:34
Image Credit: Metropolitan Police
MUM admits to suffocating her Autistic son but denies the charge of murder
Russian national Olga Freeman, 40, wife of celebrity photographer Dean Freeman, admitted to giving her 10-year-old son Dylan “some pills” and putting “a sponge in his mouth,” but she denies murdering the little boy. At a hearing at the Old Bailey on Monday, January 25, the court heard that Ms Freeman had confided in friends that she was struggling to cope with Dylan during lockdown, who suffered from both physical and mental ailments due to his Autism.
Police said that Ms Freeman has told a friend that she had been hearing voices in her head and that she had booked two flights to Tel Aviv just hours before.
At the virtual hearing, Prosecutor Gareth Patterson QC accepted a plea of manslaughter due to diminished responsibility. Ms Freeman’s lawyer, Jan Bickerstaff QC, told the court that her client had been suffering from mental illness at the time of the killing and that her psychiatrists confirmed she had a “depressive illness with psychotic symptoms.”
Ms Freeman, who is currently being treated in a psychiatric unit, will be sentenced on February 11.
At a virtual hearing on Monday at the Old Bailey, Freeman denied her son’s murder but admitted manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility.
Prosecutor Gareth Patterson QC said the plea was acceptable to the Crown after careful consideration.
Freeman, who attended court from a psychiatric unit, appeared pale, with her long brown hair worn loose around her face.
Her lawyer, Jane Bickerstaff QC, told the court that psychiatrists all agreed her responsibility at the time of the killing was diminished because she was suffering a “depressive illness with psychotic symptoms”.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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