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Tug-of-love grandparents face court

The grandparents of a missing five-year-old girl at the centre of a tug-of-love dispute are today due to be sentenced after a High Court found them in contempt of court.

Brian and Patricia Davies - both in their 70s and from Pentyrch, Cardiff - were remanded in custody on Friday after Mr Justice Keehan concluded that they had lied when asked for information about the child's whereabouts.

The judge said he thought that both had information about the whereabouts of their daughter Jacqueline, a 49-year-old teacher, and granddaughter Alice.

Both were led away in handcuffs after a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London. They could be jailed today at a hearing in the same court.

Mr Justice Keehan also remanded their daughter Melanie Williams - Alice's aunt and a mother-of-two - in custody after concluding that she had also lied and was in contempt. She could also be jailed today.

The judge said Ms Davies had become involved in family court proceedings after separating from former partner Julian Brown - Alice's father.

A judge had ruled that Mr Brown should have contact with his daughter.

But Ms Davies had disappeared with Alice.

Mr Justice Keehan said Ms Davies was thought to have travelled to Russia with Alice - although it was not known if she was still there.

He said Alice's grandparents and aunt had been told to provide the court with any information they had about the little girl's whereabouts.

And he concluded - after hearing all three give evidence - that they had not complied and were in contempt.


From Belfast Telegraph