June 23, 2015
Highbridge runaway mother Rebecca Minnock could be jailed

A mother from Highbridge who went on the run with her three-year-old son during a custody battle could be jailed.

Rebecca Minnock, 35, is facing committal proceedings launched by her ex-partner Roger Williams, 39, after she defied two court orders concerning their son Ethan Williams.

Two court hearings will take place in Bristol this week, which could see her jailed for contempt of court.

Judge Stephen Wildblood QC said there would be a directions hearing on Wednesday, ahead of the full hearing on Friday. Both will be held in public at Bristol Magistrates' Court.

Earlier this month her mother, Louise, 52, and her mother's partner Andrew Butt, 56, were jailed for withholding information about the boy's disappearance. Both have since been released.

Miss Minnock handed herself in to the police in Oxford on June 12th after 17 days on the run.

She had disappeared on May 27th, the day she was meant to hand Ethan over to his father.

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