Runaway mother could face jail after ex-partner brings committal proceedings

A mum who went on the run with her three-year-old son could face jail after her ex-partner launched committal proceedings against her. Roger Williams began the proceedings after she defied two court orders concerning their son Ethan Williams.

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Run away mum will not be jailed after ex-partner drops proceedings

Roger Williams has dropped legal proceedings against his former partner after she went on the run with their three-year-old son.

Rebecca Minnock will now face no further action after she breached court orders by fleeing her home on May 27, following a ruling her son Ethan should live with his 39-year-old father.

After handing herself in two weeks later, Mr Williams said he wished to pursue the 35-year-old for breaching 10 court orders made during the custody battle for Ethan

But today, his barrister told Judge Stephen Wildblood QC, sitting at Bristol Magistrates' Court, that he wished to drop the application and "draw a line".

My client observes that this is a case which has been characterised by a long history of breaches of court orders at multiple stages of proceedings by the respondent, the mother Miss Minnock.

He does feel that it is important that the mother understands that any future breaches will be met by an application of this sort.

In view of the fact Ethan has been returned home to his care, and that he is happy and settled at home and contact has been started my client wishes to draw a line under the previous breaches.

– Rupert Chapman, representing Mr Williams

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