Tuesday, 22 Sep 2020

Mother, 40, charged with murder of son, 10

The wife of a celebrity photographer has been charged with murdering their 10-year-old son.

Olga Freeman, 40, will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court today, after her son Dylan was found dead at a property in Acton, west London.

She was charged after a woman walked into a police station in the early hours of Sunday to speak to officers. A short while later at around 2.30am, police went to the family home and found Dylan’s body.

Neighbours said Dylan had several disabilities, was unable to speak and used a wheelchair. One said he heard a ‘childish scream’ in the middle of Sunday night.

Photographer Dean Freeman, who is famous for photographing the likes of David Beckham, the Spice Girls, Emily Ratajkowski and Bradley Cooper, was in Spain when he heard the ‘shocking and heart-breaking news’.

His father is Robert Freeman, who is well-known for some of music’s most famous album covers, including The Beatles’ Rubber Soul.

It is believed he and Mrs Freeman, who is understood to be originally from Moscow, were separated and Dylan lived with his mum. Officers have not yet confirmed the boy’s name and are awaiting formal identification, adding that they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the killing.

In an emotional tribute to his son, Mr Freeman, who is ‘beyond devastated’, said he could not ‘begin to comprehend’ losing Dylan.

In a statement, Mr Freeman said: ‘Dylan was a beautiful, bright, inquisitive and artistic child who loved to travel, visit art galleries and swim.

‘We travelled extensively over the years together spending such memorable time in places including Brazil, France and Spain’.

A rep for Mr Freeman said: ‘He was a loving and caring father and even though divorced for a number of years, he cherished all the quality time spent with his son.’

‘Dean has been touched by the messages of support he’s received from friends and asks that the media respects his and his family’s privacy at this awful time,’ they added.

Keith Grindrod, 73, who lives in a flat next door to the building, said he was awoken by a scream in the night. But he was not aware police were at the property until he woke up and looked outside at 6am.

He told The Sun: ‘It sounded like a little scream next door. It was a childish scream. It was just enough to wake me up.’

Acton resident, Rakesh Shukla, 25, told MailOnline that he had helped cared for Dylan last year.

Mr Shukla said: ‘He had a lot of disabilities, couldn’t speak and was prone to sudden outbursts, when he’d start kicking his arms and legs and throwing things around.’

Another neighbour, Gillian Fisher, 34, said: ‘I don’t know who the family were but if the little boy is who I think he is, I used to see him being taken to school in his wheelchair in a specially adapted van.

‘It is shocking. It’s devastating but not as devastating as it must be for the person who did this I imagine. It’s just heartbreaking.’

Reverend Nick Jones, 61, the rector of Acton, who lives in Cumberland Park, said yesterday that the boy’s death was ‘shattering’.

He said: ‘I’m still shaking a bit, it’s hugely upsetting.’

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