Mother of ‘kidnapped’ lady says her daughter is ‘trapped in accommodations’
The mom of a five-year-old lady who was ‘kidnapped’ whereas on vacation within the US by the accomplice she met on a co-parenting web site has revealed her daughter is ‘trapped in accommodations’.
The fugitive father was this week given one last probability to return the lady – or else faces a right away jail time period.
Natalie Kennedy was 36 and nervous about her physique clock when she met Philip Thomas, who was 11 years older than her, on an unregulated co-parenting web site.
Ms Kennedy, now 43, mentioned IT advisor Thomas, 54, had defied court docket orders by refusing to return their daughter Alice to the UK, leaving her ‘heartbroken and in despair’.
She has not seen her daughter for greater than 4 months since he took her on a two-week vacation to the States, following a long-running dispute over entry preparations for him to see her.
Miss Kennedy mentioned Mr Thomas had allowed her to have a handful of Zoom conversations with their daughter who appeared ‘sad’ being in Dubai with him
Miss Kennedy has not seen her daughter for greater than 4 months since he took her on a two-week vacation to the United States
Miss Kennedy mentioned IT advisor Philip Thomas, 54, defied court docket orders by refusing to return their daughter Alice to the UK, leaving her ‘heartbroken and in despair’
Mr Thomas broke a court docket settlement by not returning Alice on August 6, to her mom’s residence in Gorleston-on-Sea, close to Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
He then flew with Alice from Florida to Dubai on August 21, and is believed to have been along with her ever since within the United Arab Emirates metropolis state.
Family Court judges have handled the case as ‘little one abduction’ and issued 4 separate orders for Mr Thomas to carry the teen residence – which have been ignored regardless of the specter of a tremendous, imprisonment or seizure of property if he fails to conform.
Miss Kennedy beforehand claimed Thomas says he has not complied as he’s ‘scared’ in regards to the penalties of returning and claims his rights as a father haven’t been correctly taken into consideration.
Thomas has arrange his personal web site referred to as FairParentingUK and an affiliate podcast, which he makes use of to marketing campaign for reforms to the UK’s household courts and what he sees as injustices within the system.
The High Court’s household division heard that Thomas’s whereabouts aren’t identified.
She advised The Times: ‘Alice is simply trapped in resort rooms. When I communicate along with her, I do know she needs to return residence however she is placing on a courageous face.
Miss Kennedy of Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk, is battling to get her daughter Alice residence from Dubai
Mr Thomas broke a court docket settlement by not returning Alice on August 6 to her mom’s residence in Gorleston-on-Sea, close to Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Miss Kennedy final noticed her daughter when she dropped her off in school on the final day of time period on July 21 this yr, permitting Alice’s father to select her up
Miss Kennedy mentioned she had her daughter with Mr Thomas after assembly him on an unregulated co-parenting web site which goals to match individuals who wish to share the upbringing of a kid
Single mom Natalie Kennedy, 43, is pictured along with her daughter Alice throughout happier instances
She has not seen her daughter since Thomas took Alice on a two-week vacation to the United States
‘Philip is making an attempt to blackmail [me] into giving into his calls for. He is utilizing Alice as a solution to get what he needs.’
Thomas appeared to point out little emotion when he appeared through video hyperlink as Mr Justice Cusworth mentioned: ‘Playing with Alice as a pawn is just not in her greatest pursuits’ and ‘It is time now to carry Alice again to this nation’.
Thomas was given a one-year jail sentence suspended till March 7 in order that he can have one final probability to return again to the UK.
The decide added: ‘We want to rearrange for him to return to this nation with Alice quickly — for his sake, for her sake and for the mom’s sake. He can not reside on the run with Alice for ever.’
Representing Thomas, Edward Bennett advised the court docket: ‘His place could be very clear. He is ready to make a return in March if there may be progress throughout mediation.’