The mother of a five year old boy has failed in an apparent bid to prevent his father from seeing their son.
In TB v DB, the boy’s parents had separated, and the mother went to live in a series of women’s refuges before finding a new home. She accused the father of domestic violence and his brother of sexual abuse. The latter had a conviction for kissing a girl under the age of 13 in public and was on the sex offenders register.
In a Family Division hearing held to determine whether the father should see his child, Michael Keehan QC concluded that the mother was “unreliable”, and had exaggerated a number of issues to try and exclude the father or limit his contact with the boy. She had also recorded conversations with her son about experiences with his uncle but these had consisted of aggressive, uncontrolled questioning and therefore may have been harmful to the child, the judge concluded.
He found the father to be a credible witness while the mother was emotional and ready to interpret events in the worst possible way. She was not acting in her son’s best interests, but motivated by a long-standing animosity towards the father.