Article by Jonathan Bott
Jonathan Bott has successfully obtained findings on behalf of Sandwell MBC in a case involving serious assault, child cruelty and international forced marriage.
The respondent parents, both Afghani nationals, had assaulted their 4 children on numerous occasions including whipping one child with wire and beating their children with various implements.
Following a week long contested case, HHJ Hughes – sitting in Wolverhampton – determined that all findings sought were made out and that there should be final care orders in respect of the children. The matter has now been referred to Birmingham Family Court, as a designated Forced Marriage Protection court under the Family Law Act 1996, in order for Forced Marriage Protection Orders to made in respect of all the children.