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Llanelli Mum vows to keep up kids battle after High Court defeat

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 31, 2013

LLanelli mum Jennifer Jones is battling to keep her children Eva and Jessica

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A LLANELLI mum has vowed to continue fighting to keep her children in Britain despite losing her legal battle.

A senior High Court judge has decided against intervening to stop Jennifer Jones’s two teenage children being sent back to Spain.

But following the decision, the 46-year-old said she hoped to appeal this latest setback — and continue her legal battles in the Spanish courts.

“A mother’s duty is to her children’s happiness and safety, not to the law or a judge or a legal team,” she added.

English teacher Ms Jones became embroiled in a tug-of-love dispute with her Spanish ex-husband Tomas Palacin Cambra, who lives in Majorca, over four of their children following the couple’s divorce in 2008.

Mr Palacin Cambra, 52, was granted sole custody by a Spanish court, but following a visit to Wales last summer Ms Jones absconded with the four children.

The group was found safe and well 24 hours later and while Mr Palacin Cambra flew to the UK to collect the children, the eldest Jessica, 15, and Tomas, 13, refused to go back. Since then Ms Jones has been fighting in the High Court to keep them in Llanelli — applying for an indefinite stay on the order.

But now Mrs Justice Theis has rejected the appeal and said Ms Jones had “abdicated her parental responsibility for these children”, saying they had been “fundamentally let down” by her.

In a written ruling, Mrs Justice Theis stated: “I reject the application for a stay and accept Mr Setright’s submission that in the event that I decline to make the injunction the correct analysis is the return order should remain in place.

“She (Mrs Jones) has, in my judgment, abdicated her parental responsibility for these children and she will have to answer to them and their siblings in due course.

“In my judgment, the harsh reality is that both Jessica and Tomas have been fundamentally let down by their mother by her refusal to comply with the court order requiring them to return to Spain.”

she would continue to fight for all four of the children to live with her in Llanelli.

She said: “I’m just trying to get on with my daily life, that’s my reaction. They were born here but they are in limbo.

“I’m disappointed with her (Mrs Justice Theis’s) comments. I

“This is what my children want, at the end of the day. The judge hasn’t asked me why I did what I did and why they want to stay here.”

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