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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Mum took her child to UK against court order

Lindley took her daughter on a ferry from Dublin to the UK and went to Birmingham (Stock photo)
Lindley took her daughter on a ferry from Dublin to the UK and went to Birmingham (Stock photo)

A woman broke court orders to bring her two-year-old daughter out of Ireland to live with her in the UK, a court heard.

Kathleen Lindley (25) brought her child to England without the father's permission two months after she was arrested for drugs offences.

Judge Ann Ryan adjourned the case at Dublin District Court.

Lindley, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to taking a child out of the jurisdiction, without the consent of the guardian and in defiance of a court order.

Dublin District Court heard the offence happened on January 23, 2014.

Lindley took her daughter on a ferry from Dublin to the UK and went to Birmingham. The court heard there were district court orders in place at the time.

Under these, the child's father had joint guardianship and she was not to be taken out of Ireland.

The accused was arrested when she returned to Ireland in May 2015 to attend a court case. She was co-operative with the gardai. The court heard the child had since been returned to Ireland and lives here with her father.

The accused had a previous conviction for possession of drugs for sale or supply, and had been given a suspended sentence.

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