17 August 2020 20:36
Get the stories that matter to you sent straight to your inbox with our personalised newsletter. Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email A young boy allegedly murdered by his mother has been described as "beautiful, bright, inquisitive and artistic" in a gut-wrenching tribute from his celebrity photographer father. Dean Freeman was in Spain when his ex-wife allegedly killed their 10-year-old son, Dylan Freeman, in Acton, west London, on Sunday, a representative said. The boy's mother, Olga Freeman, 40, was remanded in custody after appearing at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court on Monday, charged with murdering Dylan at their home in Cumberland Park. Mr Freeman said in a statement on Monday: "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. "I can't begin to comprehend his loss." His representative described Mr Freeman as "a loving and caring father and, even though divorced for a number of years, he cherished all the quality time spent with his son", and said he has been left "beyond devastated". 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. His website says: "At just 16 years old, Dean followed in his footsteps - leaving school to pursue his passion for storytelling through whatever means possible." Mrs Freeman was arrested after walking into a police station in the early hours of Sunday to speak to officers, and Dylan was later found dead at their home.
She appeared in court on Monday wearing a grey top and was flanked by three female dock officers. She spoke to confirm her name, date of birth and address before the legal adviser read out the single charge of murder on or before August 16. She was remanded in custody and will next appear at the Old Bailey on Wednesday. Chairwoman of the bench Judy Gregg told her at the end of the brief hearing: "Ms Freeman, we are sending you to the Central Criminal Court, the Old Bailey, and you will be produced there on Wednesday August 19, in two days' time." No-one else is being sought in connection with Dylan's death. Reverend Nick Jones, 61, the rector of Acton, who lives in Cumberland Park, said on Sunday that news of the boy's death was "shattering". He said: "I'm still shaking a bit, it's hugely upsetting." (Image: UGC) Another neighbour said he was "in shock". Neighbour Abby Gorton, who earlier spoke to detectives at length, told the PA news agency: "It's a tragedy. "She was in a desperate situation and lockdown has made it more desperate. "He was a very, very severely disabled child and she had no help. "He was very autistic, he didn't speak, he would only scream and flail. "I always felt terribly sorry for her and should've done more to help her. "I barely saw her with any other adults, any other help - and in lockdown nothing." A woman has faced court charged with the murder of her ten-year-old son at a home in West London. Olga Freeman, 40, was charged with the murder of her son on Monday after police visited the property in the early hours of Sunday morning. She appeared in Uxbridge Magistrates' Court wearing a grey top, and spoke only to confirm her name and date of birth, before being remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on August 19. The ten-year-old boy is reported to be the son of Olga Freeman, who is originally from Russia and celebrity photographer Dean Freeman. Dean Freeman said he was "beyond devastated" over the death of his boy. "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. "I can't begin to comprehend his loss," he said in a statement, The Sun reports. Dean's agent added: "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." Neighbours in the affluent west London area reported hearing a "childish scream". Keith Grindrod said he was woken by a "scream in the middle of the night". "It sounded like a little scream next door. It was a childish scream. It was just enough to wake me up. "I can hear next door and downstairs when they are moving around and I can hear outside as it is quiet at the weekend. "Then I woke up at about 6am and looked out the window and saw a police car outside." Other neighbours said Dylan was disabled and used a wheelchair. Olga Freeman's Facebook page shows a number of pictures of herself and one with a boy believed to be her son, Dylan. Dean Freeman is a celebrity photographer who has snapped Bradley Cooper and Emily Ratajkowski. His grandad Robert was also a photographer and shot a number of iconic The Beatles album covers.