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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/10730736/Family-courts-Six-months-in-prison-for-a-woman-who-was-careful-to-do-the-right-thing.html

By Christopher Booker

Two years ago, I reported the curious case of a mother threatened with prison because social workers discovered that her 17-year-old son had been chatting on Facebook with his younger teenage sisters. The sisters were very unhappily in foster care, not for anything done to them at home, but for their own safety, because they had been physically threatened by a gang on the estate where they lived. Even though the mother had not broken an order forbidding her to contact them herself, Judge Rundell refused to accept that she had not encouraged her son to do so. He gave her a six-month suspended prison sentence; also, astonishingly, banning her from entering the entire county where her daughters are kept.

The girls recently published on Facebook that the younger one had been sexually abused by an adult. When her complaints about this were not heeded, her sister was bullied by other inmates of the home for standing up for her (a video shows her being dragged against barbed wire, leaving horrible marks on her back). The girls became so desperate that they ran away, to the flat where their brother now lives.

When he rang to tell his mother what had happened, she immediately rang the police, who agreed to inform the social workers. But next day, imagining the girls had left, she went to her son’s flat, to find the police and social workers only just arriving. Her daughters were crying that they didn’t want to be taken back. The son recorded the police telling her to go in to “give them a cuddle”. The social workers were recorded telling her that, if she left, “no further action will be taken”, which she did. Yet next day she was told she would be summoned for breaking the court order.

When she was back before Judge Rundell last week, I am told, he refused to accept her evidence as to what had happened. He sentenced her to six months in prison and prohibited her from any contact with her daughters for two more years, even though their only wish is to come home.

So, having never been accused of harming them in any way, she is now in jail.

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Court ruins innocent and good peoples lives - happens regularly (is Jarndyce and Jarndyce even an exaggeration)?

Though prison is probably more unusual. The "pedophile" witch hunt casts its net wide, even unto a troubled woman who is not a celebrity!

Of course we should also bear in mind the story as printed may be less than complete, or even less than true.

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Court ruins innocent and good peoples lives - happens regularly (is Jarndyce and Jarndyce even an exaggeration)?

Though prison is probably more unusual. The "pedophile" witch hunt casts its net wide, even unto a troubled woman who is not a celebrity!

Of course we should also bear in mind the story as printed may be less than complete, or even less than true.

That is very true. Every story reported in the press, that I have had personal knowledge of, has been at variance with the truth.

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That is very true. Every story reported in the press, that I have had personal knowledge of, has been at variance with the truth.

You are of course correct, although I have found Booker not to be a journalist who plays fast and loose with the facts, even if I generally disagree with him.

What he is writing here chimes very much with what Lib Dem MP John Hemming has been saying, although the price of Hemming's outspokenness against the establishment on this issue has been isolation within his party.

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You are of course correct, although I have found Booker not to be a journalist who plays fast and loose with the facts, even if I generally disagree with him.

What he is writing here chimes very much with what Lib Dem MP John Hemming has been saying, although the price of Hemming's outspokenness against the establishment on this issue has been isolation within his party.

Are you on the sauce? Bookers entire Journalistic career is based on twisting the truth or telling blatant lies.

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Are you on the sauce? Bookers entire Journalistic career is based on twisting the truth or telling blatant lies.

I agree that he does this on global warming, but he has been producing good journalism on the subject of family courts and the social workers.

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The UK would reward this behaviour with a multi million pound fund and a visit to the pope!!

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