On the 5th of December it was raining as Janice went to the front door. It was Gerry Leteve.
“Hi Jan,’ I’ve come to take you to court then drop Jackie off at the farm.’
“Thank you Gerry it is so kind of you.”
Where’s the big lad then?
“Jackie come and see who’s here; we are going in the car for a ride to see auntie Miriam and Nanna Cora.’
Jackie came out of his room then smiled when he saw Gerry who had bought him a bar of chocolate.
“Tank you said Jackie.’
They put on his coat hat and gloves then he got into the car along side his mother.
He watched every move Gerry made as he put the car into gear then turned the ignition.
The car started up then he did a U turn then headed towards Newcastle to the crown court.
Janice was wearing a black skirt and white blouse with a read knitted cardigan.
She looked decidedly better than the last time. The black circles had all but gone and she applied a little make up.
Andrew Cherry was waiting for her outside of court number two as she walked up the stone steps towards him.
“Good morning Miss Villeverde, how are you feeling today?”
“I feel better than I did the last time I was here, I can tell you that.’
“A little bit of advice for you Miss Villeverde; keep your answers brief as possible and call Mr Hughes sir at all times.”
When they were called Edward Wilson the judge followed out of his chambers and everyone stood up.
Before we commence here today I would like to say this to both councils. We are not here to persecute anyone but establish who is best suited to look after a child.”
“A child that was born out of love, Jackie Barrett is not yet four years old and I would hope that we can come to some arrangement here with both parents.
“Mr Hughes asked to approach the bench.
Judge Wilson asked him to approach.
Yes Mr Hughes?
“My client is prepared to allow visitation rights but would like the boy named as Jackie Barrett to live in Spain along with his now fiancée.”
“Mr Cherry is this acceptable?’
“No it is not Spain is too far for my client to travel in order to see her son and she feels that the longer he is out in Spain she would loose the bond that she has built up with her son in nearly four years.’