Mother appears in court charged with murdering her 10-year-old son – his dad pays tribute

A mother has been appeared in court charged with murdering her 10-year-old son in west London.

Dylan Freeman was found dead at a property in Cumberland Park in Acton after a woman walked into a police station in the early hours of Sunday to speak to officers.

Olga Freeman, 40, appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates Court on Monday and was remanded in custody. She will next appear at the Old Bailey on Wednesday.

Forensic experts head to the property in Acton
Image: Forensic experts head to the property in Acton
Image: Olga Freeman, 40, has been charged with murder

Dylan’s father, Dean Freeman, a celebrity photographer, described his son as a “beautiful, bright, inquisitive and artistic child who loved to travel, visit art galleries and swim”.

“I can’t begin to comprehend his loss,” he said in a statement.

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

A spokesperson for Mr Freeman said the photographer was in Spain when he heard about Dylan’s death, and had been left “beyond devastated”.

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“Even though divorced for a number of years, he cherished all the quality time spent with his son,” the representative added.

According to his official website, Mr Freeman’s work includes campaigns with Bollywood star Deepika Padukone and Hollywood actor Bradley Cooper.

His father, Robert, photographed the first five album covers for The Beatles.

Olga Freeman, 40, is charged with murdering her 10-year-old son Dylan in west London. Pic: Facebook
Image: Olga Freeman, 40, is charged with murdering her 10-year-old son Dylan in west London. Pic: Facebook
Police officers in the doorway of a property in Cumberland Park
Image: Police officers in the doorway of a property in Cumberland Park

The driveway of the property where Dylan’s body was discovered was sealed off by police tape on Sunday afternoon and detectives went door-to-door speaking to neighbours.

Officers in protective forensic suits, gloves and masks were seen entering the property.

Reverend Nick Jones, 61, who lives in Cumberland Park, said news of the boy’s death was “shattering”.

“I’m still shaking a bit, it’s hugely upsetting,” he said.

Another neighbour said he was “in shock”.

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