Dorset BH7 7DS
B e f o r e :
(Sitting in Public)
|RE: W (Minors)|
MISS NICOLA BOWKER for the respondent mother
1st Floor, Quality House, 6-9 Quality Court, Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1HP.
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MR JUSTICE HOLMAN:
The course of this hearing
The facts and my findings
Some general issues and matters
M is a girl aged 10. Her background is that, with rare and brief exceptions, she has always lived with, and been cared for by, her mother. She has not had direct contact with her father for about two years. She has said to Mr Cowmeadow that she witnessed her father being violent, which she describes (see paragraph 11 of his report). I stress that I do not rely on that account from M as any evidence at all that the father did hit the mother, but, as I have now concluded that he did do so, I do accept M's account that she witnessed it on a number of occasions. I accept that she is, as a result, scared of her father, as she told Mr Cowmeadow.
I is a boy aged four and three-quarters. He was born after his parents had ceased to live together. He has not witnessed the abuse between the parents, and indeed the first sentence of paragraph 19 of Mr Cowmeadow's report must be mistaken in this regard, although the mother claimed that I had observed one occasion of violence. His chromosomal abnormality and its effects is described in letters from Dr Delyth Howard, a consultant community paediatrician, dated 6th December 2016 and 23rd January 2017, now at bundle pages E10 and E12. (The account in those letters of his developmental stage is, of course, now about a year out of date.)