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A (A Child) [2020] EWCA Civ 1230

The father sought contact with the child. The mother opposed all contact. In a fact-finding hearing the judge had found that the father had killed the maternal grandfather and attempted to kill the mother and maternal grandmother, by means of poisoning their coffee with thallium. The father now appealed on the basis that the judge's findings had been unsafe. King LJ's view was that the judge's order could not stand. Findings had been made which were not based on a rigorous analysis of the evidence. Nicola Davies LJ and Philips LJ agreed. The appeal was allowed and the matter remitted for retrial before a High Court judge, in order for the court to determine if the poison had been administered deliberately, and, if so, identify the perpetrator if possible.

Judgment, published: 25/09/2020

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Published: 25/09/2020

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