British mother ordered to reside near abusive ex-partner in Spain

Published:  27 May at 6 PM
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A British mother is appealing to the High Court to have a repatriation order stating she must live near her abusive ex-boyfriend in the Spanish region of Granada overturned.

The woman, 19, who has remained anonymous for legal reasons, said that her Spanish ex-boyfriend frightened her to death and has appealed the British court ruling that ordered her to reside with her two-year-old son within 100kms of her former partner, who was found guilty of strangling her to an unconscious state while pregnant.

The ruling, which she has until 1 June to overturn, would mean she had to live near a person who was handed a four-year prison term for the assault in 2012, which also saw her kicked twice in the stomach.

The woman admitted that she was terrified to return to Spain, and said the ruling was “anything but just”. She acknowledged that the treaty intended well but insisted that, as in so many similar cases, more harm than good would come of it.

She went on to reveal that she had experienced considerable stress and even fainted in last month’s initial court hearing. She said that her last hope of overturning the ruling, which is based on the Hague Convention, was her High Court appeal that is to look into a psychiatric report on her mental health.

The mother, originally from London, flew back to her homeland seven months ago following her ex-boyfriend’s alleged abusive behaviour towards their son.
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