Ethan’s mother to appear in court


Published: Wednesday 24th June 2015 by The News Editor

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A mother who went on the run with her three-year-old son during a bitter custody battle will appear at court today.

Rebecca Minnock, 35, is facing committal proceedings launched by her ex-partner, Roger Williams, 39, after she defied two court orders concerning their son Ethan.

Two court hearings will take place in Bristol – one today and another on Friday – which could see the mother-of-one jailed for being in contempt of court.

Judge Stephen Wildblood QC previously indicated that today’s hearing will be for directions only, ahead of a full hearing on Friday.

Both hearings will be held in public at Bristol Magistrates’ Court.

Earlier this month, Miss Minnock’s mother Louise, 52, and mother’s partner Andrew Butt, 56, were jailed for withholding information about Ethan’s disappearance.

Both, from Highbridge, Somerset, have since been released from prison.

Miss Minnock, also from Highbridge, handed herself in to police in Oxford on June 12 after 17 days in hiding with Ethan.

She vanished with him on May 27 – the day a court ordered her to hand Ethan over to his father, Mr Williams, from Burnham-on-Sea.

Ethan, who was born on January 25 2012, has lived with Miss Minnock since his parents separated in February 2013.

A custody battle began the following month. Miss Minnock made allegations against Mr Williams, which a district judge later ruled were false.

On May 27 it was found Miss Minnock had exposed Ethan to emotional harm and should only have supervised contact with him.

It was ordered that the boy should live with Mr Williams full-time.

Published: Wednesday 24th June 2015 by The News Editor

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