||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 433 (Jul)
||Court of Appeal, Civil Division
Thorpe, Clarke LJJ and Ferris J
||Joanne Oxlade for the mother.
||Edmund Eldergill for the father.
||29 July 2002
Contempt of court - Committal - Breach of court order - Mother of child in breach of court order to return child to jurisdiction - Mother committed to prison for breach - Whether sentence manifestly excessive.
On the facts of the instant case, the mother had deliberately attempted to frustrate contact arrangements between her son and his father and had removed the child from the court's reach and from his relationship with his father contrary to clear orders of the court backed with penal notices. In those circumstances, the sentence of ten month's imprisonment for her breach of court orders which had been imposed had plainly been within the judge's broad discretion and had not been manifestly excessive.
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