Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2007] All ER (D) 103 (Jan)
Neutral Citation: [2006] EWHC 2987 (Fam)
Court: Family Division

Stephen Wildblood QC sitting as a deputy judge of the High Court

Judgment Dates: 14 September 2006


Child - Child abuse - Standard of proof - Fact finding hearing - Allegation of sexual abuse to children - Civil standard of proof - Whether cogent or reliable evidence of abuse existing.

The Case

Where a fact finding hearing took place in which the mother alleged that the father had sexually abused his son and step-daughter, and that the paternal grandmother had witnessed acts by the father that she knew or ought to have known amounted to sexual abuse, the court ruled that there had been no cogent or reliable evidence of abuse against the father or grandmother.

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