A mother who generated national headlines when she went into hiding with her son in defiance of a court order now faces contempt of court proceedings.
Rebecca Minnock, from Somerset, disappeared with her three year-old Ethan after a court ordered that he live with his father full time. This had followed her failure to cooperate with a previous court order that she share care of Ethan with his father Roger Williams. She had also made a number of serious allegations about Mr Williams, but all were found to be unfounded by the courts.
Ms Minnock spoke to the national media during her 17 days in hiding, before eventually handing herself into the authorities. She and her family were strongly criticised by His Honour Judge Wildblood for engaging in a “publicity stunt” and attempting to “manipulate the press to their advantage”.
Mr Williams has now launched committal proceedings against his former partner, meaning he has asked the courts to consider whether or not she should be sent to jail for her defiance of the court orders.
Both a preliminary directions hearing and full hearing on Mr Williams’ application are due later this week. Both will be held in public at Bristol Family Court.
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