B e f o r e :
| THE LOCAL AUTHORITY
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(3) THE MINOR by his Children's Guardian
1st Floor, Quality House, 6-9 Quality Court, Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1HP.
Telephone No: 020 7067 2900. Fax No: 020 7831 6864 DX 410 LDE
MS HOBSON for the 1st Respondent/Mother
MS HARVEY for the 2nd Respondent/Father
MS BLAND for the 3rd Respondent/Children's Guardian
THE INTERVENOR was not represented
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HER HONOUR JUDGE MITCHELL:
"This decision, simply to attach no weight to the mother's statements, was in my view wrong. The judge could, and in my view should, have gone further. As a general rule, and clearly every case will depend in its own particular facts, where a parent declines to answer questions or, as here, give evidence, the court ought usually to draw the inference that the allegations are true."