Thursday, October 29, 2009

Abducted Blackpool sisters in Fez - update

The 32-year-old mother of Carene, 12, and Shelby, 10, has been extradited from Spain to the UK and is remanded in custody.

Carene and Shelby with their grandmother and legal guardian, Rita Astbury

Trudy Crofts has now been given an ultimatum by a High Court judge: 'bring them back to the UK or stay in jail'. The girls are staying in Fez with the family of Crofts' Moroccan boyfriend, Sam Zaroli.

Mr Justice Bennett, sitting in the High Court at Preston in northern England, ordered that arrangements must be confirmed for the children's return to the UK by 3pm on Friday, or further action would be taken against the mother.

He said; "It is not open to the mother to chose whether or not to obey it. She has an absolute obligation to obey what I am ordering."

He warned that any failure to comply would be viewed as contempt of court, a crime which carries an automatic jail sentence.

The case will resume on Monday at the High Court, sitting in Liverpool, where the Judge will demand evidence to show Crofts has complied with his order.

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