Fugitive mum avoids prison sentence after father drops charges
PUBLISHED: 16:17 24 June 2015 | UPDATED: 16:17 24 June 2015
A MOTHER who took her son into hiding to avoid giving him over to his father has been spared jail after charges were dropped against her today (Wednesday).
Rebecca Minnock, aged 35, disappeared from her Highbridge home on May 27, the same day a family hearing decided her three-year-old son Ethan should be taken into the custody of his father.
She conducted an interview with a national newspaper while in hiding while two of her family members have since served time in prison for helping with her escape, before she was found on June 13.
Miss Minnock ignored two court orders about her son and Ethan’s father, Roger Williams, had begun committal proceedings against her, but his barrister Robert Chapman today told Bristol Magistrates’ Court he wanted to ‘draw a line’ under the case and dropped the application.
Judge Stephen Wildblood condemned Miss Minnock’s behaviour and said she ‘owed her liberty’ to Mr Williams.
He said: “He and Ethan are the victims of this mother’s actions and I consider that the father’s voice should prevail. Any idea that people can behave in that way that you did and for it to be swept under the carpet is completely wrong.”