Tug-of-love mum spared prison

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ARUNAWAY mother who kid­napped her four-year-old child and kept him away from home for three years dur­ing a tug-of-love bat­tle with their fam­ily has walked free from a court, af­ter the boy’s fa­ther urged a judge not to jail her.

Nak­isa Hood­far, 31, from Stock­port, tricked Kyle Wall­work into sign­ing pass­port pa­pers on the false ba­sis that she and their son were go­ing on hol­i­day to Spain, be­fore be­gin­ning a new life to­gether in Kuwait.

Mr Wall­work, who was sep­a­rated from Hood­far, only re­alised he had been duped when he found out his son was 4,000 miles away with Hood­far and her new boyfriend.

Hood­far ad­mit­ted child ab­duc­tion and was sen­tenced to two years’ jail sus­pended for two years.

In a state­ment, Mr Wall­work said: “She took my son from me for over three years know­ing that I would not have con­sented.

“I don’t want her to go to prison, but what she did can­not go un­pun­ished. Those three years have lost me a mas­sive amount of time with my son.”

ARUNAWAY mother who kid­napped her four-year-child and kept him 4,000 miles away from home for three years dur­ing a tug-of-love bat­tle with their fam­ily has walked free from a court af­ter the boy’s fa­ther urged a judge not to jail her.

Restau­rant man­ager­ess Nak­isa Hood­far, 31, from Stock­port, tricked Kyle Wall­work into sign­ing pass­port pa­pers on the false ba­sis she and their son were go­ing on hol­i­day to Spain, then spir­ited the boy away for a new life in Kuwait.

Mr Wall­work, who was sep­a­rated from Hood­far, only re­alised he had been duped when he tried to speak to his son and found out he was in Kuwait with Hood­far and her new boyfriend.

Mr Wall­work, aged 32, was barely able to con­tact the boy ex­cept by Skype and email, and it is be­lieved that a war­rant was is­sued at the High Court for the mother’s ar­rest.

Hood­far went on to have two more chil­dren with her part­ner in Kuwait and spent three years there be­fore re­turn­ing to the UK of her own ac­cord in July this year.

She and her new part­ner got mar­ried and the boy, now eight, is cur­rently liv­ing with them in Withing­ton.

In a state­ment, Mr Wall­work said: “She took my son from me for over three years know­ing that I would not have con­sented. That’s a mas­sive chunk of his life I have missed.

“I am al­ways think­ing of what is best for my son and I don’t want to re­move him from his mother. I do get to see him most week­ends. I don’t want her to go to prison, but what she did can­not go un­pun­ished.

“Those three years have lost me a mas­sive amount of time with my son.”

At Min­shull Street Crown Court in Manch­ester, Hood­far ad­mit­ted child ab­duc­tion and was sen­tenced to two years im­pris­on­ment sus­pended for two years.

The ab­duc­tion hap­pened in July 2015 when Hood­far split with Mr Wall­work and was given cus­tody of their son, and then found new love.

Pros­e­cut­ing, David Lees, said: “Mr Wall­work was hav­ing reg­u­lar con­tact with his son but the de­fen­dant asked for his con­sent to get a pass­port for the boy so she could take him on hol­i­day to Spain.

“Mr Wall­work agreed but be­came sus­pi­cious when he couldn’t get hold of Miss Hood­far. He kept try­ing un­til Au­gust 31, called the po­lice then found out that she had taken their son to Kuwait, which she was not al­lowed to do.

“A court or­der was made for his re­turn but it was not un­til July this year that he was re­turned, so three years af­ter he was taken out of this ju­ris­dic­tion.

“She would en­able Skype con­tact be­tween the two of them while in Kuwait. She told Kyle that she left the coun­try to have a new life in Kuwait with a new part­ner. She did, how­ever, re­turn on her own ac­cord.”

In mit­i­ga­tion de­fence lawyer Kelly Cy­ples, said: “She ac­cepts that, with no fam­ily sup­port, she made con­tact with her now hus­band and then made a de­ci­sion to go out and see him.

“Ms Hoo­far did not in­tend to re­main out of the coun­try for the amount of time that she did.

“What she saw was refuge for her iso­lated life, car­ing for her son and hold­ing down a job while tak­ing on the stresses and strains of be­ing a par­ent. All the re­spon­si­bil­ity fell on her.

“In Kuwait, she kept her son and his fa­ther in reg­u­lar con­tact, and she in­vited Mr Wall­work to Kuwait to see his son, but he de­clined. She didn’t have any knowl­edge that what she did was an of­fence of ab­duc­tion, she didn’t re­alise you could abduct your own child.

“Tak­ing a child away from a par­ent is ob­vi­ously an of­fence, but that was not in her mind. She fell preg­nant twice in Kuwait – both were un­planned – and there is a law in Kuwait that pre­vents the mother trav­el­ling with­out her child with­out the fa­ther’s per­mis­sion.

“There’s no risk now of the boy be­ing taken out of this ju­ris­dic­tion again. Since her re­turn, she has se­cured em­ploy­ment and she looks af­ter three chil­dren.

“She is the only per­son in the house who has a job as her hus­band can­not work yet in this coun­try.

“The im­pact of a cus­to­dial sen­tence would be dev­as­tat­ing on the fam­ily and Mr Wall­work also doesn’t want to see her sent to prison.”

Sen­tenc­ing, Judge Tina Lan­dale told Hood­far: “Your of­fence is ex­tremely se­ri­ous. It is par­tic­u­larly se­ri­ous be­cause of the lengthy pe­riod you ab­ducted him for – three years.

“Your of­fence has caused dam­age to the emo­tional re­la­tion­ship with him and his fa­ther.

“You kept him out of the coun­try de­spite know­ing there was a court or­der for his re­turn. You have shown a to­tal dis­re­gard for the court process.”

She added: There’s a le­nient sen­tence be­cause of the boy’s wel­fare, and if there’s any breach at all then it’s likely this sen­tence will be ac­ti­vated.”

l Nak­isa Hood­far with Kyle Wall­work be­fore she took their son

●●Nak­isa Hood­far pic­tured with Kyle Wall­work be­fore she took their son

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