Llanelli mum vows to fight on in battle for custody
A MOTHER cleared of contempt of court last week has said her battle for custody of her children isn't over — and is urging the authorities to listen to her little ones.
Jennifer Jones, from Llanelli, was threatened with jail after fleeing with her four children last October.
Government legal advisers told the High Court that the 46-year-old had been in contempt when she failed to return the children to her Spanish ex-husband.
But she told judge Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court, that her contempt was not "deliberate" and that the children's behaviour had made it impossible for her to comply with the order.
He found in her favour.
The judge was told that a Spanish court had made orders saying that, following a marriage break-up, the four children should stay with their father in Spain.
The case hit the headlines last October when Ms Jones and the four children disappeared. They were all found safe and well within days after a High Court judge made a public appeal for help.
But now Miss Jones says her fight for custody of her children — two of whom live with her in Wales — is continuing. The youngest two are in Spain with their father, army officer Tomas Palacin Cambra.
Speaking after being cleared of contempt, Miss Jones said: "Nobody's asking the wishes of the children and how they feel.
"I'm still fighting for them, it's not over — but I am fighting for my children to be listened to.
"This is not about me and it's not about him — this case is about them.
"I've been up against the system for five years and they didn't listen to them then."
To help her fund her fight, Miss Jones is holding a series of money-raising events across South West Wales.
This weekend, two events are due to be held. On Saturday, a night of line dancing will be held in Lamphey Village Hall, near Pembroke, from 7.30pm until late, with entertainment from Alan Spence.
Tickets cost £5 in advance from Fran on 07980 019291 or £6 on the door.
On Sunday Miss Jones will hold an Indian Night at Verandah in Llanelli.
Tickets are £10 and available from Allyson on 07814 830780 or Miss Jones on 07940 273504.