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Woman who took child abroad on trial

Woman who took child abroad on trial
AAP
Lema Samandar - October 16, 2013, 4:59 pm


A mother who sparked an international search after she took off with her son to Europe has told a Sydney court she did the right thing.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is on trial for charges relating to taking her child out of Australia without permission.

While representing herself in Sydney's Downing Centre District Court, the woman told the jury she had left her job, home and family in 2008 fearing her three-year-old was being sexually abused by his father.

She believed authorities weren't doing anything even after reporting it several times.

She said she became suspicious when she returned from a business trip and the child told her "daddy was unkind to me".

The woman was missing for three years until authorities arrested her overseas and re-introduced the child to his father.

"I still think I made the right decision," she told the jury in her opening address on Wednesday.

"I didn't actually know I was breaking the law.

"What would you risk if you thought your little boy was in danger?"

But crown prosecutor Ian Bourke said just days before the mother took off with the son, a report by a child psychiatrist who had assessed the father and son found it was difficult to conclude the father was sexually assaulting the child.

The father, who took the witness box, said the relationship with his wife deteriorated after he told her that he didn't want a second child.

He said she had told him "I will resent you for the rest of my life".

The father said the woman brought up the "unkind" comment made by the child months later, but he didn't believe his three-year-old knew such a word.

The trial continues on Thursday.

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