January 11, 2007 8:51pm CST
Custody drama Federal Court Ruling from the Melbourne Age, Australia (AP) - A seven year old boy was at the centre of a courtroom drama yesterday when he challenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him. The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with the child custody law and regulations requiring that family unity be maintained to the degree possible. The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the judge suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried out that they also beat him. After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him. After two recesses to check legal references and confer with child welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the English cricket Team, whom the boy firmly believes are "not capable of beating anyone."
16 Feb 07
I hope you forwarded this to the English papers so they can get a sense of how some people view their team!! I did hear another version of this where it turned out the boy was talking about crib(or checkers or other games) as well as using other sport teams in place of the this one. Did you hear about the British footballer who decided he had enough of the fame and money and wanted to go where football was unknown and the people were so backwards they would not know who he was and not pay any attention to anything in the outside world??He is happy living in Brisbane.....